stretch

verb
\ ˈstrech How to pronounce stretch (audio) \
stretched; stretching; stretches

Definition of stretch

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to extend (one's limbs, one's body, etc.) in a reclining position
2 : to reach out : extend stretched out her arms
3 : to extend in length stretched his neck to see what was going on
4 : to fell with or as if with a blow
5 : to cause the limbs of (a person) to be pulled especially in torture
6 : to draw up (one's body) from a cramped, stooping, or relaxed position
7 : to pull taut canvas stretched on a frame
8a : to enlarge or distend especially by force
b : to extend or expand as if by physical force stretch one's mind with a good book
c : strain stretched his already thin patience
9 : to cause to reach or continue (as from one point to another or across a space) stretch a wire between two posts
10a : to amplify or enlarge beyond natural or proper limits the rules can be stretched this once
b : to expand (as by improvisation) to fulfill a larger function stretching a dollar
11 : to extend (a hit) to an extra base usually by fast or daring running stretch a single into a double

intransitive verb

1a : to become extended in length or breadth or both : spread broad plains stretching to the sea
b : to extend over a continuous period the dynasty stretches back several centuries
2 : to become extended without breaking
3a : to extend one's body or limbs stretched before jogging wanted to stretch out on the sofa
b : to lie down at full length
stretch a point
: to go beyond what is strictly warranted in making a claim or concession
stretch one's legs
1 : to extend the legs
2 : to take a walk in order to relieve stiffness caused by prolonged sitting

stretch

noun

Definition of stretch (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : an exercise of something (such as the understanding or the imagination) beyond ordinary or normal limits their conclusion seemed like a bit of a stretch
b : an extension of the scope or application of something a stretch of language
2 : the extent to which something may be stretched
3a : the act of stretching : the state of being stretched a good stretch for legs
b : the position of a pitcher standing sideways to home plate so as to keep a runner close to a base pitching from the stretch
4a : an extent in length or area an open stretch of road
b : a continuous period of time can write for eight hours at a stretch
5 : a walk to relieve fatigue
6 : a term of imprisonment served a 10-year stretch
7a : either of the straight sides of a racecourse especially : homestretch
b : a final stage (as of a contest or season) won some crucial games down the stretch
8 : the capacity for being stretched : elasticity a waistband with lots of stretch
9 : a stretch limousine

stretch

adjective

Definition of stretch (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : easily stretched : elastic a stretch wig
2 : longer than the standard size a stretch limousine

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Other Words from stretch

Verb

stretchability \ ˌstre-​chə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce stretchability (audio) \ noun
stretchable \ ˈstre-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce stretchable (audio) \ adjective
stretchy \ ˈstre-​chē How to pronounce stretchy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of stretch in a Sentence

Verb Don't yank on my sweater. You'll stretch it. The elastic waistband of my pants won't stretch any more. It's important to stretch before you exercise. The baby stretched and yawned. She woke up and stretched her arms above her head. She stretched over us to open the window. She stretched her hand toward him. She stretched the canvas over the wooden frame. The T-shirt was stretched tight over his belly. A big banner was stretched across the doorway. Noun a 60-mile stretch of beach an open stretch of highway These are good stretches for your leg muscles. I always spend a few minutes doing stretches before I exercise. I can feel the stretch in the back of my legs. Adjective stretch fabrics that don't wrinkle or sag
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Small farms stretch out from the town, growing the fruits and vegetables that feed the island. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The foodie haven in Hawaii you need to know about now," 1 July 2020 Some regions even stretch the crabbing season into July. Coastal Living, Southern Living, "When Is Crab Season?," 30 June 2020 The implications of First Street’s findings stretch far beyond huge urban centers. USA Today, "Millions of Americans think they’re safe from flood waters. They aren’t.," 29 June 2020 Some of those proteins stretch the endoplasmic reticulum, creating protective vesicles, or sacs. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Support Science Journalism," 23 June 2020 To stretch the point: Colleges are risking burning the village, to save it. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: How can sports proceed like this?," 20 June 2020 Ebersole said Sherwin-Williams has not wavered in its plan for the downtown complex, which will stretch from the western end of Public Square to West 6th Street. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland City Council approves tax incentives to help Sherwin-Williams build its new headquarters," 17 June 2020 The canyon stretch from Conant Valley to Burns Creek offers spectacular scenery along with the chance to take trout that push 10 pounds. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "The 6 Best Western Trout Rivers to Fish During the Salmonfly Hatch," 16 June 2020 As America’s national parks and forests start to reopen, many vacationers are looking to stretch their legs out on the trails, from Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. Miles Howard, National Geographic, "With trails opening, is it safe—or ethical—to go hiking this summer?," 5 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That is higher even than what the nation witnessed during the deadliest stretch of the crisis in mid-April through early May. Fox News, "Michigan governor orders closure of indoor service at bars in much of the state over coronavirus fears," 2 July 2020 The most popular stretch of sand in Key West is Smathers Beach. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "The Best Beaches in Key West, Florida," 1 July 2020 The Colorado Rockies went 37-23 during a 60-game stretch last year, and finished the season with a 71-91 record. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Embrace the chaos! MLB's 2020 season will be like nothing you've ever seen," 23 June 2020 The most recent contests were during the four-season stretch of 2008 through the 2011 campaigns. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Adjustment going well to new normal in Dobie football country," 23 June 2020 During a five-game stretch from late February to early March, Poole averaged 16.8 points on 49.2% shooting, 5.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 31.4 minutes. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Jordan Poole: How Warriors’ rookie went from ‘bust’ to potential draft steal," 23 June 2020 Grappling with the most economic uncertainty in decades and a head-spinning stretch of volatility in the U.S. stock market, many investors have rushed into money-market funds. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Investors Are Sitting on the Biggest Pile of Cash Ever," 16 June 2020 These soon-to-be revelers stood out in this dense stretch of midtown office towers in their short shorts, Balenciaga sneakers, straw and Goyard totes. Elena Popina, Bloomberg.com, "As Lockdown Lifts, New York City Still Longs for Its Old Self," 11 June 2020 During the most eventful stretch of months in recent history, 160 Tribune editorial staffers have been on furlough for a week out of each month to appease the boundless greed of corporate shareholders. Rachel Hawley, The New Republic, "Don’t Support The New York Times," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Currently considered one of the Tigers’ top two prospects, with righty Matt Manning, Mize will have new company soon: Either Torkelson or Martin will lead the organization’s hitting prospects into the stretch run of their rebuild. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Al Avila won't tip hand on No. 1 overall draft pick," 9 June 2020 The Banner system is nearing 100 percent of its usual ICU capacity, Bessel said, but has a stretch-capacity plan that makes 25 percent more beds available for use. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Is the COVID-19 pandemic getting worse in Arizona? Here's what we know," 6 June 2020 Made from a polyester, spandex, and nylon breathable, stretch fabric, this long-sleeve shirt is ventilated to keep your dad cool, treated with Simms' Coolcore technology to keep unwanted heat out, and has a UPF 50 rating. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Outdoor Life Father’s Day Gift Guide," 1 June 2020 In Putnam County, at least 18 people died, including several children, and 88 were injured in a 2 mile stretch west of town – the highest death toll in the state from the storm. Yihyun Jeong, USA TODAY, "Minute by minute: How a deadly tornado cut a devastating path across Tennessee," 5 Mar. 2020 The recent dry and unusually stretch warm weather has this year's crop ready a bit earlier than normal. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County, area farmers say recent drought hasn’t stemmed pumpkin supply," 4 Oct. 2019 Del Mar review Sunday’s feature, the Grade 2 $200,000 Del Mar Derby for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the turf, was a really good stretch battle where Nolde maneuvered between horse by a great ride by Victor Espinoza to win by a neck. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Stewards’ rulings are back," 2 Sep. 2019 There have been stretch bigs and bulk rebounders, lob threats and defensive anchors, but none that were all of the above and then some. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "After Year of Turmoil, Lakers Look Ready to Contend," 15 June 2019 Justin Smith and Race Thompson are both third-year players with the potential athleticism and versatility to play as stretch fours, or perhaps even at the three in a pinch. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "With plenty of frontcourt options, Trayce Jackson-Davis remains wild card for IU basketball," 29 May 2019

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First Known Use of stretch

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stretch

Verb

Middle English strecchen, from Old English streccan; akin to Old High German strecchan to stretch, Old English stræc firm, severe

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The first known use of stretch was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stretch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stretch. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for stretch

stretch

verb
How to pronounce stretch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stretch

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to make (something) wider or longer by pulling it
: to become longer or wider when pulled
: to put your arms, legs, etc., in positions that make the muscles long and tight

stretch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stretch (Entry 2 of 3)

: a continuous area or length of land or water
: a continuous period of time
informal : a period of time spent in prison

stretch

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stretch (Entry 3 of 3)

: made to stretch easily and then return to the original shape and size

stretch

verb
\ ˈstrech How to pronounce stretch (audio) \
stretched; stretching

Kids Definition of stretch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to reach out : extend, spread I stretched my neck to see better.
2 : to pull or draw out in length or width or both : expand, enlarge Don't stretch my sweater.
3 : to extend (as the body) in a flat position I stretched out on the bed.
4 : to extend the body or limbs You should stretch before exercising.
5 : to pull tight Stretch the canvas over a frame.
6 : to cause to reach or continue A wire was stretched between two posts.
7 : exaggerate I think you're stretching the truth.
8 : to become extended without breaking Rubber stretches easily.
9 : to extend over a continuous period His fascination with dinosaurs stretches back to childhood.

stretch

noun

Kids Definition of stretch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of extending or drawing out beyond ordinary or normal limits The story was a stretch of the imagination.
2 : the ability to be pulled or drawn out in length or width or both The fabric has a lot of stretch.
3 : the act or an instance of stretching the body or one of its parts
4 : a continuous extent in length, area, or time a short stretch of beach a long stretch of silence
\ ˈstrech How to pronounce stretch (audio) \

Medical Definition of stretch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to extend in length was told to stretch the leg muscles before running
2 : to enlarge or distend especially by force

intransitive verb

1 : to become extended in length or breadth
2 : to extend one's body or limbs

stretch

noun

Medical Definition of stretch (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of stretching : the state of being stretched a muscle or group of muscles in stretch— C. R. Houck

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