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Definition of Stretch


  1. To reach out; to extend; to put forth.
  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.
  5. To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle.
  6. To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch one's credit.
  7. 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.
  8. To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the lazy man yawns and stretches.
  9. To be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as elastic or ductile substances.
  10. To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts.
  11. To sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the ship stretched to the eastward.
  12. Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a stretch of the imagination.
  13. A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land.
  14. The extent to which anything may be stretched.
  15. The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board.
  16. Course; direction; as, the stretch of seams of coal.

Stretch Quotations

There are amazingly wonderful people in all walks of life; some familiar to us and others not. Stretch yourself and really get to know people. People are in many ways one of our greatest treasures.
Bryant H. McGill

I am conscious of trying to stretch the boundaries of non-fiction writing. It's always surprised me how little attention many non-fiction writers pay to the formal aspects of their work.
Alain de Botton

Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
Swami Vivekananda

So Pa sold the little house. He sold the cow and calf. He made hickory bows and fastened them upright to the wagon box. Ma helped him stretch white canvas over them.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.
Les Brown
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Stretch Translations

stretch in German is aufspannen, strecken, spannen
stretch in Italian is estendersi, stirato, espandere, stendere
stretch in Latin is tendo
stretch in Spanish is estiramiento, espaciar
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