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Meaning & Definition of Stretch in English

English

Stretch

/strɛʧ/

noun

1. A large and unbroken expanse or distance

  • "A stretch of highway"
  • "A stretch of clear water"
    synonym:
  • stretch

2. The act of physically reaching or thrusting out

    synonym:
  • reach
  • ,
  • reaching
  • ,
  • stretch

3. A straightaway section of a racetrack

    synonym:
  • stretch

4. Exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent

    synonym:
  • stretch
  • ,
  • stretching

5. Extension to or beyond the ordinary limit

  • "Running at full stretch"
  • "By no stretch of the imagination"
  • "Beyond any stretch of his understanding"
    synonym:
  • stretch

6. An unbroken period of time during which you do something

  • "There were stretches of boredom"
  • "He did a stretch in the federal penitentiary"
    synonym:
  • stretch
  • ,
  • stint

7. The capacity for being stretched

    synonym:
  • stretch
  • ,
  • stretchiness
  • ,
  • stretchability

verb

1. Occupy a large, elongated area

  • "The park stretched beneath the train line"
    synonym:
  • stretch
  • ,
  • stretch along

2. Extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body

  • "Stretch your legs!"
  • "Extend your right arm above your head"
    synonym:
  • stretch
  • ,
  • extend

3. Extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length

  • "Unfold the newspaper"
  • "Stretch out that piece of cloth"
  • "Extend the tv antenna"
    synonym:
  • unfold
  • ,
  • stretch
  • ,
  • stretch out
  • ,
  • extend

4. Become longer by being stretched and pulled

  • "The fabric stretches"
    synonym:
  • stretch

5. Make long or longer by pulling and stretching

  • "Stretch the fabric"
    synonym:
  • elongate
  • ,
  • stretch

6. Lie down comfortably

  • "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass"
    synonym:
  • stretch
  • ,
  • stretch out

7. Pull in opposite directions

  • "During the inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
    synonym:
  • stretch

8. Extend the scope or meaning of

  • Often unduly
  • "Stretch the limits"
  • "Stretch my patience"
  • "Stretch the imagination"
    synonym:
  • stretch

9. Corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance

  • Often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
  • "Adulterate liquor"
    synonym:
  • load
  • ,
  • adulterate
  • ,
  • stretch
  • ,
  • dilute
  • ,
  • debase

10. 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"
    synonym:
  • extend
  • ,
  • stretch

11. Extend one's body or limbs

  • "Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours"
    synonym:
  • stretch
  • ,
  • stretch out

adjective

1. Having an elongated seating area

  • "A stretch limousine"
    synonym:
  • stretch(a)

2. Easily stretched

  • "Stretch hosiery"
    synonym:
  • stretch

Examples of using

Everybody in the car said they wanted to get out and stretch their legs.