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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.
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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