Stretch out
Stretch Stretch, v. i. 1. To be extended; to be drawn out in length or in breadth, or both; to spread; to reach; as, the iron road stretches across the continent; the lake stretches over fifty square miles. [1913 Webster]

As far as stretcheth any ground. --Gower. [1913 Webster]

2. To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the lazy man yawns and stretches. [1913 Webster]

3. To be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as elastic or ductile substances. [1913 Webster]

The inner membrane . . . because it would stretch and yield, remained umbroken. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

4. To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts. [Obs. or Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

5. (Naut.) To sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the ship stretched to the eastward. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]

{Stretch out}, an order to rowers to extend themselves forward in dipping the oar. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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