What does stretch mean?

Definitions for stretch
strɛtʃstretch

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word stretch.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. stretch(Noun)

    An act of stretching.

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

  2. stretch(Noun)

    The ability to lengthen when pulled.

    That rubber band has quite a bit of stretch.

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

  3. stretch(Noun)

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

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

  4. stretch(Noun)

    A segment of a journey or route.

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

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

  5. stretch(Noun)

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

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

  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.

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

  7. stretch(Noun)

    A length of time

    He did a 7-year stretch in jail.

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

  8. stretch(Verb)

    To lengthen by pulling.

    I stretched the rubber band until it almost broke.

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

  9. stretch(Verb)

    To lengthen when pulled.

    The rubber band stretched almost to the breaking point.

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

  10. stretch(Verb)

    To pull tight.

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

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

  11. stretch(Verb)

    To get more use than expected from a limited resource.

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

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

  12. stretch(Verb)

    To be inaccurate by exaggeration.

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

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

  13. stretch(Verb)

    To extend from limit point to limit point.

    The beach stretches from Cresswell to Amble.

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

  14. stretch(Verb)

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

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

  15. stretch(Verb)

    To extend to a limit point

    His mustache stretched all the way to his sideburns.

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

  16. stretch(Verb)

    to increase

    Etymology: 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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  3. Stretch(verb)

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

    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.]

  4. Stretch(verb)

    to make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly

    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.]

  5. Stretch(verb)

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

    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.]

  6. Stretch(verb)

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  8. Stretch(verb)

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

    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.]

  9. Stretch(verb)

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

    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.]

  10. Stretch(verb)

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

    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.]

  11. Stretch(verb)

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  13. Stretch(noun)

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

    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.]

  14. Stretch(noun)

    the extent to which anything may be stretched

    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.]

  15. Stretch(noun)

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

    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.]

  16. Stretch(noun)

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

    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.]

Freebase

  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.]

CrunchBase

  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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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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Numerology

  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. Esther Zinge:

    The help is coming, but it's coming very slowly, we had to ask a local hospital for soya milk so we can stretch out the food. All we've had so far is biscuits.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    I often think of Shelley's famous insightful sonnet "Ozymandias" that brilliantly depicts the inevitable fall of all foolishly arrogant leaders and their huge empires built in pretensions to their self-proclaimed greatness. Nature and Time always prevail and overtake ultimately, when nothing remains of those great empires or the arrogant leaders.....and only the lone and level sands stretch far away. Vanity, false pride and arrogance never win, in my view. Humility is the true key success. Here is that famous sonnet "Ozymandias" by Percy Shelley, written in January 1818, nearly 200 years ago. "I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.

  3. Elizabeth Semmelhack:

    He wasn't Michael Jordan by any stretch of the imagination, but what he gave to the brand was an authenticity, it was a means of endorsing the athletic potential and athletic promise of the shoe.

  4. Dr. James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey:

    "You can play a tune of sorts on the white keys, and you can play a tune of sorts on the black keys, but for harmony, you must use both the black and the white." "Only the best is good enough for Africa." "When men are intellectually greater than others, we learn from their utterances; when they are morally better than others, we learn from their lives." "If I find a man scowling at me, I just smile back. He scowls again and I smile. I don't often find any scowl a third time." "I want to sing a song of hope to the despairing; to breathe the breath of love that will chase away all hating. I believe, that the right will ultimately conquer the wrong, virtue, harmony, take the place of discords." "I believe, the Lord must have had something else in store for me. Hence I have been doing my best, patiently waiting until He gets ready for me to go elsewhere: where He leads I'll follow." "The surest way to keep a people down is to educate the men and neglect the women. If you educate a man you simply educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family." "I am going to help lift my people not only religiously and educationally, but also economically, in trade, agriculture and commerce." "Remember, my brothers, to love and to work." "Be patient, don't lose heart, don't hate anybody, make yourselves worthy of good things and good things will come to you." "My people of Africa, we were created in the image of God, but men have made us think that we are chickens, and we still think we are; but we are eagles. Stretch forth your wings and fly! Don't be content with the food of chickens." "If anyone tells you that Africans cannot learn, do not believe him. Tell him that your brother Aggrey learnt something. Look at my hair and prove that I am one of you. Again, I say, love and work." "You can never beat prejudice by frontal attack. Always flank it. You can catch more flies with molasses than you can with vinegar." "I want all my people, my country women and men, to be educated in the larger sense in heart, hand and head and thus render Africa indispensible in intellectual, spiritual and commercial products of the world. https://sites.google.com/site/oaa1973akoras/home/founders/dr-aggrey-s-words

  5. Gordon Hayward:

    It was tough, felt like we played well enough to win tonight. Didn't get the plays we needed to down the stretch to secure the win, but they are a good team.

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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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