I. verb Etymology: Middle English strecchen, from Old English streccan; akin to Old High German strecchan to stretch, Old English stræc firm, severe Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to extend (as one's limbs or body) 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
8. a. 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
10. a. 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 1. a. 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 3. a. to extend one's body or limbs <
stretched before jogging
wanted to stretch out on the sofa
b. to lie down at full length • stretchability nounstretchable adjectivestretchy adjective II. noun Date: 1541 1. a. an exercise of something (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 3. a. 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
4. a. 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
7. a. 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 III. adjective Date: 1954 1. easily stretched ; elastic <
a stretch wig
2. longer than the standard size <
a stretch limousine

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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