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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