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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In both plays, writer-performers demonstrate how to stretch out a hand to a father who will not ever understand, who is past hearing. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 1 Oct. 2021 Always of interest to head coach Steve Kerr because of his ability to stretch the floor, the 6-foot-10 Bjelica impressed the Warriors during Las Vegas workouts last month. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Sep. 2021 With quarterback Tyler Shough and wide receiver Erik Ezukanma, the Red Raiders certainly have the ability to stretch the Texas defense. Dallas News, 22 Sep. 2021 The best-case scenario is that Beckham is inserted into an offense that has a better understanding of itself than a year ago, and gives it the ability to stretch the field. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2021 Perhaps he’s not called upon for this due to an abundance of 3-point options, but Bates-Diop has some ability to stretch the floor for San Antonio, averaging a 30.2 percent mark from behind the arc on 1.7 attempts. Rob Wolkenbrod, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Lee has been their top receiver the past two seasons and has the ability to stretch the field vertically. oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021 His ability to stretch the field and catch the ball in traffic could be an asset for the Jets. Andy Vasquez, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 At 6-9 and bulked up to 230 pounds, Hurt was tougher inside but showed off his ability to stretch the floor from three-point range with 14 points and four rebounds. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wagner has had the best stretch of his NBA career during his time with the Magic. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Oct. 2021 The crews have made progress cleaning the stretch of beach over the past five days. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 The ground that changed hands included an area covering a 20km stretch of road linking the southern Armenian towns of Kapan and Goris. Dominic Dudley, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The regular season begins Nov. 9 against Louisiana Tech, kicking off a stretch of four games in 11 days in Coleman Coliseum before the Tide travels to the ESPN Events Invitational in Orlando. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 6 Oct. 2021 Marriotts Ridge’s freshman Becker also had a strong first district tournament, producing one stretch of three straight pars early in the back nine to aid her on the way to an 85 that was good enough for solo fourth place. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, 4 Oct. 2021 The spill comes three decades after a massive oil leak hit the same stretch of Orange County coast. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Oct. 2021 The oil spill that slathered a stretch of prime California coastal real estate on Oct. 3 is the latest proof that the social costs of the energy transition pale in comparison to the costs of the fossil fuel economy. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 4 Oct. 2021 The spill comes three decades after a massive oil leak hit the same stretch of coast, dumping more than 400,000 gallons of crude that time, and killing more than 3,000 fish and birds. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Hurricanes finished the 2020-21 season with a 10-17 (4-15 ACC) record after being without several key players during the stretch run of the year due to injuries. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, 5 Oct. 2021 Hot Rod Charlie was disqualified for interfering with Midnight Bourbon in mid-stretch. Steven Falk, USA TODAY, 18 July 2021 Having a stretch opportunity may be rewarding for one person, and another might want public recognition, whereas another would really appreciate a heartfelt note. Dr. Ruth Gotian, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 The previous strategic plan, drawn up seven years ago, set a stretch goal of distributing enough food for 92 million meals by 2025. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2021 But the period from November to January was deadlier than any stretch authorities had seen before. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 May 2021 Cut to today’s episode of Good Morning Vogue, and the mother, entrepreneur, and original influencer is seated at home in a stretch camel dress and sculptural necklace. Emily Farra, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2021 Private investigator Eric Love spearheaded the campaign to free Maldonado-Passage, and Love was standing by all day on Jan. 19 with a stretch Dodge limo ready to pick him up from prison, CBS DFW reported. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2021 This is about what did not happen before, when the schedule offered a chance to pad the wild-card cushion for the stretch run of 19 games against the Dodgers and Giants. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021

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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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More Definitions for stretch

stretch

verb

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
: 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

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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