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Definitions of stretch:

  • noun:   extension to or beyond the ordinary limit
    Example: "Running at full stretch"
  • noun:   exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
  • noun:   a straightaway section of a racetrack
  • noun:   the capacity for being stretched
  • noun:   a large and unbroken expanse or distance
    Example: "A stretch of highway"
  • noun:   an unbroken period of time during which you do something
    Example: "There were stretches of boredom"
  • noun:   the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
  • verb:   become longer by being stretched and pulled
    Example: "The fabric stretches"
  • verb:   occupy a large, elongated area
    Example: "The park stretched beneath the train line"
  • verb:   extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
    Example: "Stretch your legs!"
  • verb:   extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly
    Example: "Stretch the limits"
  • verb:   extend one's body or limbs
    Example: "Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours"
  • verb:   pull in opposite directions
    Example: "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
  • verb:   lie down comfortably
    Example: "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass"
  • verb:   extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
    Example: "Stretch out that piece of cloth"
  • verb:   make long or longer by pulling and stretching
    Example: "Stretch the fabric"
  • verb:   corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
  • verb:   increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
    Example: "Stretch the soup by adding some more cream"
  • adjective:   easily stretched
    Example: "Stretch hosiery"
  • name:  A surname (very rare: popularity rank in the U.S.: #21203)


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