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 The park featured pristine white-sand beaches, with jungle stretching down almost to the water. Jeff Garmire, Outside Online, "How I Traveled to Costa Rica for 2 Weeks for Under $500," 17 Jan. 2020 Collins, 69, represented New York’s 27th Congressional District, which encompasses suburban and rural areas stretching east of the Buffalo metropolitan area, for more than five years. Washington Post, "Former Rep. Chris Collins to be sentenced in insider trading case," 17 Jan. 2020 This is the culmination of a wonderful team effort by city, county, state and company partners that stretches back more than a year and a half. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Here’s how to apply for a job at Bessemer’s Amazon fulfillment center," 16 Jan. 2020 San Diego — In San Diego's South Park, the line of customers to get to the Shawarma Guys food truck stretches around the corner. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Yelp's top restaurant in the country is a shawarma food truck," 15 Jan. 2020 The latest West Texas ranch to hit the market stretches along the Glass Mountains near the town of Marathon. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "$18.5 million Boss Ranch joins the list of West Texas properties up for grabs," 15 Jan. 2020 The all-new Yukon and Yukon XL are bigger by almost every measure, starting with the wheelbase that's stretched by more than four inches on both models. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "New 2021 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL Get AT4 Off-Road Trim and Diesel Engine," 14 Jan. 2020 These are made out of colorful brushed fleece with quirky appliques on top, like an orange fox stretched across two slippers. Popular Science, "Slippers that make your life instantly cozier," 14 Jan. 2020 With Aldridge successfully stretching the floor, forward DeMar DeRozan has thrived in the paint, scoring 21 or more points in 11 consecutive games. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Two words key to LaMarcus Aldridge’s and Spurs’ surge: ‘Shoot ’em’," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two nights removed from squandering a 19-point, third-quarter lead to fall to Denver in overtime, the Warriors gave up a 13-point, third-quarter advantage, only to make key stops down the stretch. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Stephen Curry serves as TV analyst; Warriors beat Magic to end 10-game losing streak," 18 Jan. 2020 Not like last season, when so many unlikely pieces fell in place so beautifully down the stretch. oregonlive, "Canzano: Trail Blazers trade of Kent Bazemore amounts to a $12.3 million punt," 18 Jan. 2020 The Aggies, one of the nation’s worst 3-point shooting teams, finished 3-of-14 from 3-point range (21.4 percent), in failing to keep up with South Carolina down the stretch. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Aggies fall to South Carolina in second straight home loss," 18 Jan. 2020 The game was the start of an eight-day stretch that will see the Seawolves play four games in four states. Anchorage Daily News, "A challenging 8-day stretch begins with a bruising loss for the UAA men’s basketball team," 17 Jan. 2020 San Antonio running out of gas down the stretch as this is the final game of its four-game trip. Marcus Mosher, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat odds, picks and best bets," 15 Jan. 2020 Having a large operation is incredibly helpful down the stretch as organizers try to win over any undecided caucus goers and ensure their committed supporters turn out on caucus night. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "Democratic voters talk more about Iran strike than impeachment - 2020 Daily Trail Markers," 7 Jan. 2020 Mike Vrabel has made all the right moves down the stretch, and even New England’s defense is going to struggle to contain a healthy and motivated Derrick Henry. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Which wild-card team has best chance to make deep run in NFL playoffs?," 6 Jan. 2020 Sunday’s result: Into Chocolate dropped to 5-1 post time and under an expert ride from Abel Cedillo got the job done winning easily with a great stretch run. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Happy New Year!," 1 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Stretch marks, scars from skin tears as skin expands, can also fade but might not go away. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Women who've had babies look different. Here's how pregnancy can permanently change a body," 30 Aug. 2017 At 6-8, Bogdanovic is an athletic forward versatile enough to play the stretch power forward in certain lineups and situations. Nate Taylor, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Bojan Bogdanovic brought to Pacers as a starter," 11 July 2017 Stretch dough to cover as much of the pan as possible, being careful not to tear the dough. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Foods rich in carotenoids may help age-related vision loss.," 9 July 2017

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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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Time Traveler for stretch

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

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Last Updated

20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stretch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stretchy. Accessed 25 January 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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