To reach at
Reach Reach, v. i. 1. To stretch out the hand. [1913 Webster]

Goddess humane, reach, then, and freely taste! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To strain after something; to make efforts. [1913 Webster]

Reaching above our nature does no good. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To extend in dimension, time, amount, action, influence, etc., so as to touch, attain to, or be equal to, something. [1913 Webster]

And behold, a ladder set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. --Gen. xxviii. 12. [1913 Webster]

The new world reaches quite across the torrid zone. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) To sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking to another, or with the wind nearly abeam. [1913 Webster]

{To reach after} or {To reach for} or {To reach at}, to make efforts to attain to or obtain. [1913 Webster]

He would be in the posture of the mind reaching after a positive idea of infinity. --Locke. [1913 Webster]


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  • To come at — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To get at — Get Get (g[e^]t), v. i. 1. To make acquisition; to gain; to profit; to receive accessions; to be increased. [1913 Webster] We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To arrive at, or bring one s self into, a state,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To arrive at — Arrive Ar*rive , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Arrived}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Arriving}.] [OE. ariven to arrive, land, OF. ariver, F. arriver, fr. LL. arripare, adripare, to come to shore; L. ad + ripa the shore or sloping bank of a river. Cf. {Riparian}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To spring at — Spring Spring (spr[i^]ng), v. i. [imp. {Sprang} (spr[a^]ng) or {Sprung} (spr[u^]ng); p. p. {Sprung}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Springing}.] [AS. springan; akin to D. & G. springen, OS. & OHG. springan, Icel. & Sw. springa, Dan. springe; cf. Gr. spe… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To reach after — Reach Reach, v. i. 1. To stretch out the hand. [1913 Webster] Goddess humane, reach, then, and freely taste! Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To strain after something; to make efforts. [1913 Webster] Reaching above our nature does no good. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To reach for — Reach Reach, v. i. 1. To stretch out the hand. [1913 Webster] Goddess humane, reach, then, and freely taste! Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To strain after something; to make efforts. [1913 Webster] Reaching above our nature does no good. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To keep at arm's length — Arm Arm, n. [AS. arm, earm; akin to OHG. aram, G., D., Dan., & Sw. arm, Icel. armr, Goth. arms, L. armus arm, shoulder, and prob. to Gr. ? joining, joint, shoulder, fr. the root ? to join, to fit together; cf. Slav. rame. ?. See {Art},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To work at arm's length — Arm Arm, n. [AS. arm, earm; akin to OHG. aram, G., D., Dan., & Sw. arm, Icel. armr, Goth. arms, L. armus arm, shoulder, and prob. to Gr. ? joining, joint, shoulder, fr. the root ? to join, to fit together; cf. Slav. rame. ?. See {Art},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be at the bottom of — Bottom Bot tom (b[o^]t t[u^]m), n. [OE. botum, botme, AS. botm; akin to OS. bodom, D. bodem, OHG. podam, G. boden, Icel. botn, Sw. botten, Dan. bund (for budn), L. fundus (for fudnus), Gr. pyqmh n (for fyqmh n), Skr. budhna (for bhudhna), and Ir …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reach — Reach, v. i. 1. To stretch out the hand. [1913 Webster] Goddess humane, reach, then, and freely taste! Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To strain after something; to make efforts. [1913 Webster] Reaching above our nature does no good. Dryden. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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