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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stretchnoun

    a large and unbroken expanse or distance

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

  2. reach, reaching, stretchnoun

    the act of physically reaching or thrusting out

  3. stretchnoun

    a straightaway section of a racetrack

  4. stretch, stretchingnoun

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

  5. stretchnoun

    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, stintnoun

    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, stretchabilityadjective

    the capacity for being stretched

  8. stretch(a)adjective

    having an elongated seating area

    "a stretch limousine"

  9. stretchverb

    easily stretched

    "stretch hosiery"

  10. stretch, stretch alongverb

    occupy a large, elongated area

    "The park stretched beneath the train line"

  11. stretch, extendverb

    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, extendverb

    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. stretchverb

    become longer by being stretched and pulled

    "The fabric stretches"

  14. elongate, stretchverb

    make long or longer by pulling and stretching

    "stretch the fabric"

  15. stretch, stretch outverb

    lie down comfortably

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

  16. stretchverb

    pull in opposite directions

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

  17. stretchverb

    extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly

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

  18. load, adulterate, stretch, dilute, debaseverb

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

    "adulterate liquor"

  19. extend, stretchverb

    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 outverb

    extend one's body or limbs

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


  1. stretchnoun

    An act of stretching.

  2. stretchnoun

    The ability to lengthen when pulled.

    That rubber band has quite a bit of stretch.

  3. stretchnoun

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

  4. stretchnoun

    A segment of a journey or route.

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

  5. stretchnoun

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

  6. stretchnoun

    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. stretchnoun

    A length of time

    He did a 7-year stretch in jail.

  8. stretchverb

    To lengthen by pulling.

    I stretched the rubber band until it almost broke.

  9. stretchverb

    To lengthen when pulled.

    The rubber band stretched almost to the breaking point.

  10. stretchverb

    To pull tight.

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

  11. stretchverb

    To get more use than expected from a limited resource.

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

  12. stretchverb

    To be inaccurate by exaggeration.

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

  13. stretchverb

    To extend from limit point to limit point.

    The beach stretches from Cresswell to Amble.

  14. stretchverb

    or To extend one's limbs or body in order to stretch the muscles.

  15. stretchverb

    To extend to a limit point

    His mustache stretched all the way to his sideburns.

  16. stretchverb

    to increase

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stretchnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    At all her stretch her little wings she spread,
    And with her feather’d arms embrac’d the dead:
    Then flickering to his pallid lips, she strove
    To print a kiss. John Dryden, Ceyx and Alcyo.

    Disruption, as strong as they are, the bones would be in some danger of, upon a great and sudden stretch or contortion, if they were dry. John Ray, on the Creation.

    He thought to swim the stormy main,
    By stretch of arms the distant shore to gain. John Dryden, Æn.

    Those put a lawful authority upon the stretch to the abuse of power, under the colour of prerogative. Roger L'Estrange.

    Upon this alarm we made incredible stretches towards the South, to gain the fastnesses of Preston. Addison.

    Quotations, in their utmost stretch, can signify no more than that Luther lay under severe agonies of mind. Francis Atterbury.

    This is the utmost stretch that nature can,
    And all beyond is fulsome, false, and vain. George Granville.

  2. To STRETCHverb

    Etymology: strecan , Saxon; strecken, Dutch.

    The stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land. Is. viii. 8.

    Stretch thine hand unto the poor. Ecclus vii. 32.

    Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand. Ex. vii. 19.

    Leviathan on the deep,
    Stretch’d like a promontory, sleeps. John Milton.

    What more likely to stretch forth the heavens, and lay the foundation of the earth, than infinite power? John Tillotson.

    This kiss, if it durst speak,
    Would stretch thy spirits up into the air. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    So the stretch’d cord the skackl’d dancer tries. Smith.

  3. To Stretchverb

    Idolatry is a horrible sin, yet doth repentance stretch unto it. John Whitgift.

    A third is like the former: a fourth? start eye!
    What! will the line stretch out to th’ crack of doom? William Shakespeare.

    This to rich Ophir’s rising morn is known,
    And stretch’d out far to the burnt swarthy zone. Abraham Cowley.

    Your dungeon stretching far and wide beneath. John Milton.

    The inner membrane, that involved the liquors of the egg, because it would stretch and yield, remained unbroken. Boyle.

    What an allay do we find to the credit of the most probable event, that is reported by one who uses to stretch? Gov. Tongue.



    The IBM 7030, also known as Stretch, was IBM's first transistorized supercomputer. It was the fastest computer in the world from 1961 until the first CDC 6600 became operational in 1964.Originally designed to meet a requirement formulated by Edward Teller at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the first example was delivered to Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1961, and a second customized version, the IBM 7950 Harvest, to the National Security Agency in 1962. The Stretch at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston, England was heavily used by researchers there and at AERE Harwell, but only after the development of the S2 Fortran Compiler which was the first to add dynamic arrays, and which was later ported to the Ferranti Atlas of Atlas Computer Laboratory at Chilton.The 7030 was much slower than expected and failed to meet its aggressive performance goals. IBM was forced to drop its price from $13.5 million to only $7.78 million and withdrew the 7030 from sales to customers beyond those having already negotiated contracts. PC World magazine named Stretch one of the biggest project management failures in IT history.Within IBM, being eclipsed by the smaller Control Data Corporation seemed hard to accept. The project lead, Stephen W. Dunwell, was initially made a scapegoat for his role in the "failure", but as the success of the IBM System/360 became obvious, he was given an official apology and, in 1966 was made an IBM Fellow.In spite of Stretch's failure to meet its own performance goals, it served as the basis for many of the design features of the successful IBM System/360, which was announced in 1964 and first shipped in 1965.


  1. stretch

    Stretch refers to extending or expanding something beyond its normal or usual limits, often with an implication of exertion or strain. It can refer to a physical action, such as stretching a muscle or a piece of material, but it can also be used in a metaphorical sense, such as stretching one's mind or resources.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stretchverb

    to reach out; to extend; to put forth

  2. Stretchverb

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

  3. Stretchverb

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

  4. Stretchverb

    to make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly

  5. Stretchverb

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

  6. Stretchverb

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

  7. Stretchverb

    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. Stretchverb

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

  9. Stretchverb

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

  10. Stretchverb

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

  11. Stretchverb

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

  12. Stretchnoun

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

  13. Stretchnoun

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

  14. Stretchnoun

    the extent to which anything may be stretched

  15. Stretchnoun

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

  16. Stretchnoun

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

  17. Etymology: [OE. strecchen, AS. streccan; akin to D. strekken, G. strecken, OHG. strecchen, Sw. strcka, Dan. straekke; cf. AS. straeck, strec, strong, violent, G. strack straight; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to E. strong. Cf. Straight.]


  1. Stretch

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stretch

    strech, v.t. to extend: to draw out: to expand: to reach out: to exaggerate, strain, or carry further than is right: to cause to lie at full length: (slang) to hang.—v.i. to be drawn out: to be extended: to extend without breaking: to exaggerate.—n. act of stretching: effort: struggle: reach: extension: state of being stretched: utmost extent of meaning: course: one single uninterrupted sitting, turn, &c.: (slang) a year's imprisonment.—ns. Stretch′er, anything used for stretching, as gloves, hats, &c.: a frame on which a painter's canvas is stretched by means of wedges forced into the corners: a frame for carrying the sick or dead: a footboard for a rower; Stretch′er-bond, a method of building in which bricks or stones are laid lengthwise in successive courses, the joints of the one falling at the middle of that above and below; Stretch′ing-course, a course of bricks or stones having all the faces outward; Stretch′ing-frame, a machine for stretching cotton rovings before being spun into yarn: a frame on which starched fabrics are dried; Stretch′ing-ī′ron, a currier's tool for dressing leather.—adj. Stretch′y, apt to stretch too much: liable to stretch one's self from weariness. [A.S. streccanstrec, stræc, strong; cf. Ger. strack, straight.]


  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stretch

    A word frequently used instead of tack; as, "We shall make a good stretch."--To stretch. To sail by the wind under a crowd of canvas.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stretch is ranked #22530 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stretch surname appeared 1,141 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Stretch.

    91.1% or 1,040 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 30 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 25 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 25 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 12 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stretch in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stretch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of stretch in a Sentence

  1. Juan Rodriguez:

    This is a campaign that is growing, expanding, and built to win this primary, as we have spent the summer months strengthening our infrastructure, we enter this final stretch of 2019 with ample resources to execute a winning game plan.

  2. Nicklaus Cantlay:

    I definitely said that to myself down the stretch today on the back nine, it put me a little more at ease, and I hit a lot of really nice, quality shots with the lead.

  3. Nina Agdal:

    Sometimes I want to put in a really great workout, but I have a million things to do that day, so all I can really do is go for a walk, … I think people often focus on how long the workout is, how sweaty you are when you’re done and how tired you are afterward. The thing is, if you overdo it, you’re probably not going to want to do it again. And then you won’t stay consistent. Find things that you enjoy doing and try new things, too. Some days you’ll want to go cycling, but on another day your body really wants a good yoga stretch. You’ll feel great afterward and it won’t feel like a chore.

  4. Brett Phillips:

    They did a heck of a job fighting back each inning, it’s something we’re very familiar with ourselves. It’s a tough one to lose but that’s how it’s going to be when we face teams down the stretch.

  5. The Blazers:

    You just want to see the ball go in. When you're missing shots, rattling in and out, and the ball is rolling off the rim, I think the easy thing to do is be like `I don't have it going,' and just go away from it and keep passing it, but when you're in a stretch like I am shooting the ball, I think it's important to jump into it, to get more aggressive and get yourself out of it.

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Translations for stretch

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  • تمدد, تمتدArabic
  • estirarCatalan, Valencian
  • natáhnoutCzech
  • strækkeDanish
  • dehnen, ausleiern, strecken, Strecke, AbschnittGerman
  • τείνωGreek
  • streĉiEsperanto
  • estirar, estirarse, extenderse, dar, estiramiento, tramo, elasticidad, trecho, estirónSpanish
  • کش آمدنPersian
  • venyttää, venytellä, pingottaa, venyä, venyttely, venyvyys, osuus, liioittelu, kimmoisuusFinnish
  • s'étirer, s'étendre, étendre, étirementFrench
  • síneadhIrish
  • sìnScottish Gaelic
  • kifeszít, kinyújtHungarian
  • ձգվելArmenian
  • meregangIndonesian
  • tendereItalian
  • 伸びる, 伸ばす, ストレッチJapanese
  • 당기다, 뻗다Korean
  • tendo, extendoLatin
  • whakamakaka, hōkari, whakamākakakakaMāori
  • strekken, rechttrekken, rekken, aanspannen, reiken, rekDutch
  • tøye utNorwegian
  • estesarOccitan
  • rozciągaćPolish
  • esticar, espreguiçar-sePortuguese
  • chutayQuechua
  • extender, stender, tenderRomansh
  • întindeRomanian
  • растянуться, вытянуться, растягивать, натягивать, вытянуть, вытягиваться, натянуть, вытягивать, растянуть, растягиваться, растя́жка, эласти́чность, растя́гивание, промежу́ток, уча́стокRussian
  • तनोतिSanskrit
  • sträckaSwedish
  • நீட்சிTamil
  • సాగు, సాగదీయు, ఒళ్ళు విరుచుకొనుTelugu
  • germek, uzamak, çekmek, gerilmek, yayılmak, gerinmek, uzanmak, uzatmak, esneklik, elastikiyet, gerinmeTurkish
  • розтягнутиUkrainian
  • duỗiVietnamese
  • 伸展Chinese

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