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

Other Words from stretch

Verb

stretchability \ ˌstre-​chə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce stretch (audio) \ noun
stretchable \ ˈstre-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce stretch (audio) \ adjective
stretchy \ ˈstre-​chē How to pronounce stretch (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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The expansion to 16 teams will happen after the Pac-12's current media rights contracts with Fox and ESPN expire and make the Big Ten the first conference to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific. CBS News, 30 June 2022 Dathan is an elite shooter with the ability to stretch the floor and put up points quickly. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2022 Plenty has been made of Tua Tagovailoa’s arm strength, and whether or not the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback has the ability to stretch the field with longer throws. Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel, 2 June 2022 His ability to stretch the floor helped Purdue reach the Sweet Sixteen and could propel Stefanovic to the NBA. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 31 May 2022 Outten called his feel for route running one of his strengths, and the staff has little doubt about his ability to stretch the field vertically. Parker Gabriel, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 Against the Celtics, the Nets missed Harris’s length on defense along with his ability to stretch the floor as a 3-point threat. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Kerr has praised Bjelica for his ability to stretch the floor and make plays for others. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2022 His ability to stretch the field horizontally was a big part of the offense’s success in 2018. Stephen Means, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That was the longest stretch of his career, and Mahle was solid again versus the Dodgers despite matching his career-high by allowing 12 hits. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 22 June 2022 But Albrecht argues that calling Zume’s setup a pizza robot was always a stretch. Sam Deanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 Pearls as business casual might be a stretch, but unembellished statement collars could work for the average workplace. Todd Plummer, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Recently there was a months-long stretch when there was no resource coordinator manager for SOAR, which meant money that was supposed to be used for programming was never spent, and the direction of his work was unclear, Singleton said. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2022 The longest winning streak in the majors this season is Atlanta’s best stretch since the team won 14 consecutive games from July 26 to Aug. 9, 2013. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 15 June 2022 The down decade for the stock market following the 2000 bursting of the dot-com bubble was a notoriously brutal stretch, but stocks have often been able to regain their highs within a few years. Stan Choe And Alex Veiga, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 June 2022 The down decade for the stock market following the 2000 bursting of the dot-com bubble was a notoriously brutal stretch, but stocks have often been able to regain their highs within a few years. CBS News, 14 June 2022 There's a small stretch of Stevens Avenue in the Deering Center neighborhood that's not to be missed. Erinne Magee, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The sign out front is easily blocked when a stretch limo stops by to drop off patrons. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 Backing now expands stretch goals that include more materials for the game and special Q&A access to people connected to the films in the Cinematic Adventures slate. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Roberts said the team is trying to be cautious with the future Hall of Famer, keeping one eye on the stretch run of the season while deciding how to proceed. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 The flowy dress is made with non-stretch fabric and available in multiple colors, including pink and black. Raena Loper, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 Made of ultra-stretch denim, Frame’s best-selling Le Palazzo jeans (available in other colors) have a high-rise fit designed for comfort. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Mar. 2022 Great expanses of cracking mud, half a mile wide, stretch beyond the river banks, devoid of a single plant or blade of grass. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 May 2022 Morrison’s vocals stretch and bend words; her voice is delicate yet strong, and moves with ease between a vulnerable croon and the wail of hurt. Marjua Estevez, refinery29.com, 27 Apr. 2022 The starting point in our last collection was the idea of bringing the idea of motion back into the cut of the clothes, using stretch materials for example or ways of cutting that allow and celebrate movement. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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

stretch

transitive verb
\ 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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