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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to spread out fully:

    to stretch oneself out on the ground.

  2. to extend to the limit:

    stretched out her arms.

  3. to cause to extend from one point or place to another:

    to stretch a rope across a road.

  4. to draw tight or taut:

    to stretch the strings of a violin.

  5. to distend or enlarge by tension:

    to stretch a rubber band.

  6. to draw out, extend, or enlarge unduly:

    The jacket was stretched at the elbows.

  7. to extend, force, or make serve beyond the normal or proper limits; strain:

    to stretch the facts.

  8. to exert (oneself) to the utmost.

  9. (v.i.)to recline at full length:

    to stretch out on a couch.

  10. to extend one's limbs or body.

  11. to extend over a distance:

    The forest stretches for miles.

  12. to extend in time:

    His memory stretches back to his early childhood.

  13. to become stretched without breaking.

  14. (n.)an act or instance of stretching.

  15. the state of being stretched.

  16. a continuous length:

    a stretch of meadow.

  17. the backstretch or homestretch of a racetrack.

    Category: Sport

  18. an extent in time:

    a stretch of ten years.

  19. Ref: elasticity.

  20. a term of imprisonment.

  21. (adj.)(of yarn) having high elasticity.

    Category: Textiles

  22. made from such yarn: stretch denim.

    Category: Textiles

  23. longer than standard:

    stretch limousine.

    Category: Transportation

Origin of stretch:

bef. 900; ME strecchen (v.), OE streccan, c. OFris strekka, MD, MLG strecken, OHG strecchan


Princeton's WordNet

  1. stretch(noun)

    a large and unbroken expanse or distance

    "a stretch of highway"; "a stretch of clear water"

  2. reach, reaching, stretch(noun)

    the act of physically reaching or thrusting out

  3. stretch(noun)

    a straightaway section of a racetrack

  4. stretch, stretching(noun)

    exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent

  5. stretch(noun)

    extension to or beyond the ordinary limit

    "running at full stretch"; "by no stretch of the imagination"; "beyond any stretch of his understanding"

  6. stretch, stint(noun)

    an unbroken period of time during which you do something

    "there were stretches of boredom"; "he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary"

  7. stretch, stretchiness, stretchability(adj)

    the capacity for being stretched

  8. stretch(a)(adj)

    having an elongated seating area

    "a stretch limousine"

  9. stretch(verb)

    easily stretched

    "stretch hosiery"

  10. stretch, stretch along(verb)

    occupy a large, elongated area

    "The park stretched beneath the train line"

  11. stretch, extend(verb)

    extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body

    "Stretch your legs!"; "Extend your right arm above your head"

  12. unfold, stretch, stretch out, extend(verb)

    extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length

    "Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth"; "extend the TV antenna"

  13. stretch(verb)

    become longer by being stretched and pulled

    "The fabric stretches"

  14. elongate, stretch(verb)

    make long or longer by pulling and stretching

    "stretch the fabric"

  15. stretch, stretch out(verb)

    lie down comfortably

    "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass"

  16. stretch(verb)

    pull in opposite directions

    "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"

  17. stretch(verb)

    extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly

    "Stretch the limits"; "stretch my patience"; "stretch the imagination"

  18. load, adulterate, stretch, dilute, debase(verb)

    corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

    "adulterate liquor"

  19. extend, stretch(verb)

    increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance

    "stretch the soup by adding some more cream"; "extend the casserole with a little rice"

  20. stretch, stretch out(verb)

    extend one's body or limbs

    "Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stretch(verb)ɛtʃ

    to make longer, wider, etc. by pulling

    Stretch the material over the wooden frame.; Bend over and feel the muscles in your back stretch.

  2. stretchɛtʃ

    to reach your arms or legs out

    She sat up in bed and stretched.; He stretched his hand out to touch her.

  3. stretchɛtʃ

    to continue or seem to continue for a long distance or time

    The desert stretched as far as we could see.; The day stretched out ahead of us.

  4. stretchɛtʃ

    to use almost all of a supply, or be used almost completely

    The medical bills have stretched the family's finances to the limit.; The food supply has been stretched thin.

  5. stretchɛtʃ

    to go for a short walk

    He just went out to stretch his legs.

  6. stretch(noun)ɛtʃ

    a long area of land or water

    an empty stretch of beach

  7. stretchɛtʃ

    the act of stretching your muscles

    a good stretch for your upper back

  8. stretchɛtʃ

    a period of time

    a ten-year stretch working in Italy

  9. stretchɛtʃ

    the ability of material to stretch

    There's some stretch in it to make it comfortable.


  1. stretch(Noun)

    An act of stretching.

  2. stretch(Noun)

    The ability to lengthen when pulled.

    That rubber band has quite a bit of stretch.

  3. stretch(Noun)

    A course of thought which similarly diverts from 'straight' logic

  4. stretch(Noun)

    A segment of a journey or route.

    It was an easy trip except for the last stretch, which took forever.

  5. stretch(Noun)

    A quick pitching delivery used when runners are on base where the pitcher slides his leg instead of lifting it.

  6. stretch(Noun)

    A long reach in the direction of the ball with a foot remaining on the base by a first baseman in order to catch the ball sooner.

  7. stretch(Noun)

    A length of time

    He did a 7-year stretch in jail.

  8. stretch(Verb)

    To lengthen by pulling.

    I stretched the rubber band until it almost broke.

  9. stretch(Verb)

    To lengthen when pulled.

    The rubber band stretched almost to the breaking point.

  10. stretch(Verb)

    To pull tight.

    First, stretch the skin over the frame of the drum.

  11. stretch(Verb)

    To get more use than expected from a limited resource.

    I managed to stretch my coffee supply a few more days.

  12. stretch(Verb)

    To be inaccurate by exaggeration.

    To say crossing the street was brave is stretching the meaning of "brave" considerably.

  13. stretch(Verb)

    To extend from limit point to limit point.

    The beach stretches from Cresswell to Amble.

  14. stretch(Verb)

    or To extend oneu2019s limbs or body in order to stretch the muscles.

  15. stretch(Verb)

    To extend to a limit point

    His mustache stretched all the way to his sideburns.

  16. stretch(Verb)

    to increase

  17. Origin: From strecchen, from streccan, from strakjanan, from streg-. Cognate with strekken, strecken, strække, sträcka, strak, Albanian shtreq,shtrek. More at stark.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stretch(verb)

    to reach out; to extend; to put forth

  2. Stretch(verb)

    to draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope

  3. Stretch(verb)

    to cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings

  4. Stretch(verb)

    to make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly

  5. Stretch(verb)

    to draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle

  6. Stretch(verb)

    to exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch one's credit

  7. Stretch(verb)

    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. Stretch(verb)

    to extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the lazy man yawns and stretches

  9. Stretch(verb)

    to be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as elastic or ductile substances

  10. Stretch(verb)

    to strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts

  11. Stretch(verb)

    to sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the ship stretched to the eastward

  12. Stretch(noun)

    act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a stretch of the imagination

  13. Stretch(noun)

    a continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land

  14. Stretch(noun)

    the extent to which anything may be stretched

  15. Stretch(noun)

    the reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board

  16. Stretch(noun)

    course; direction; as, the stretch of seams of coal


  1. Stretch

    Randy Walker, better known by his stage name Stretch, was an American rapper and producer.


  1. Stretch

    Stretch, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, designs, develops, and supplies software configurable processors and development tools for compute-intensive applications. Its products include channel DVR add-in cards; channel capture cards; and DVR capture cards that provide video and audio capture, real-time display, and hardware compression features for DVR designers. The company also offers Stretch IDE, which provides an intuitive development flow, and focuses on programming and system configuration, as well as integrates compiler, debugger, assembler, profiler, linker, and editor tools under an intuitive graphical interface; Stretch reference design kits that are designed for the customers to evaluate a reference design and start the preliminary design of their own products; and Intelligent Encoder software development kit, a video processing and compression solution, which is optimized for the Stretch family of software configurable processors. Its products are used in security and surveillance, broadcast video, wireless communication, and industrial imaging applications. Stretch, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is based in Sunnyvale, California with additional offices in Tokyo, Japan; and Krefeld, Germany.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'STRETCH' in Nouns Frequency: #2223

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'STRETCH' in Verbs Frequency: #419

Anagrams of STRETCH

  1. strecht

Translations for STRETCH

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act of stretching or state of being stretched

He got out of bed and had a good stretch.

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