Stretch

Definition of Stretch

v. t.1.To reach out; to extend; to put forth.
[imp. & p. p. Stretched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stretching.]
And stretch forth his neck long and small.
- Chaucer.
I in conquest stretched mine arm.
- Shak.
2.To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope.
3.To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings.
4.To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly.
The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain.
- Shak.
5.To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle.
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve.
- Doddridge.
6.To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch one's credit.
They take up, one day, the most violent and stretched prerogative.
- Burke.
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.
As far as stretcheth any ground.
- Gower.
2.To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the lazy man yawns and stretches.
3.To be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as elastic or ductile substances.
The inner membrane . . . because it would stretch and yield, remained umbroken.
- Boyle.
4.To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts.
5.(Naut.) To sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the ship stretched to the eastward.
Stretch out
an order to rowers to extend themselves forward in dipping the oar.
n.1.Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a stretch of the imagination.
By stretch of arms the distant shore to gain.
- Dryden.
Those put a lawful authority upon the stretch, to the abuse of yower, under the color of prerogative.
- L'Estrange.
2.A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land.
A great stretch of cultivated country.
- W. Black.
But all of them left me a week at a stretch.
- E. Eggleston.
3.The extent to which anything may be stretched.
Quotations, in their utmost stretch, can signify no more than that Luther lay under severe agonies of mind.
- Atterbury.
This is the utmost stretch that nature can.
- Granville.
4.(Naut.) The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board.
5.Course; direction; as, the stretch of seams of coal.
To be on the stretch
to be obliged to use one's utmost powers.
Home stretch
See under Home, a.

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