What does stretch mean?

Definitions for stretch
strɛtʃstretch

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

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"

Wiktionary

  1. stretchnoun

    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. stretchnoun

    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. stretchnoun

    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. stretchnoun

    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. stretchnoun

    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. 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.

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

  7. stretchnoun

    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. stretchverb

    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. stretchverb

    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. stretchverb

    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. stretchverb

    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. stretchverb

    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. stretchverb

    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. stretchverb

    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. stretchverb

    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. stretchverb

    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. Stretchverb

    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. Stretchverb

    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. Stretchverb

    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. Stretchverb

    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. Stretchverb

    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. Stretchverb

    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. 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

    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. Stretchverb

    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. Stretchverb

    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. Stretchverb

    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. Stretchverb

    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. Stretchnoun

    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. Stretchnoun

    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. Stretchnoun

    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. Stretchnoun

    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. Stretchnoun

    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. Birute Galdikas:

    We have to protect this stretch of land, if we lose this river edge, where are all the proboscis monkeys going to go? Where are all the (300) orangutans going to go?

  2. Alyssa Milano:

    Some people might see them as imperfections, but when you have a baby –those are your beauty marks, i love my stretch marks. I have them on my boobs, on my ass, on my belly.

  3. David Wallinga:

    We’ve seen some real positive developments recently among the companies that rank highly in the report, and also with their suppliers, that’s a big part of the optimism behind the report. I think it’s not a stretch to say that a fast food company that wants to serve chicken that’s been raised without routine antibiotics should be able to do so right now with no delay. Companies are in business to satisfy their customers, and like never before, customers are asking for meat raised without antibiotics.

  4. Arthur Olson:

    All you have to do is take string, push it through the tunnel, mark the ends, stretch it out, and you know how long the tunnel is.

  5. Paisley Harding:

    I think we came out super aggressive, especially on defense. We took them out of the things they thought they would be able to get pretty easy, but then I think they turned on the heat, they started pressing a little bit more, getting more in our passing lanes. We just made some careless turnovers, which I think that’s pretty much us just beating ourselves right there in that little stretch in the first quarter.

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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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