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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
stretch
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a queue stretches somewhere
▪ The queue stretched the full length of the building.
a stretch mark (=a mark on your skin caused by stretching)
▪ Most women get stretch marks when they have a baby.
a stretch of coast (=a long area of coast)
▪ The 13th century chapel lies on a spectacular stretch of coast.
a stretch/expanse of desert (=a very large area of desert)
▪ In front of us was nothing but a vast expanse of desert.
a stretch/section of motorway
▪ This stretch of motorway is always very busy.
bend/stretch the rules (=allow someone to do something that is not normally allowed)
▪ They bend the rules to suit themselves.
extend/increase/stretch sb’s lead (=make the lead bigger)
▪ The Australian rugby team extended its lead with a try from Stirling Mortlock.
home stretch
▪ as the election campaign headed into the home stretch
sb's nerves are stretched (to breaking point) (=they feel very nervous or worried)
▪ Her nerves were stretched almost to breaking point as she waited.
strain/stretch credulity (=seem very difficult to believe)
▪ It strained credulity to believe that a nuclear war would not lead to the destruction of the planet.
stretch its wings (=open them completely)
▪ The cage was so small the birds could not even stretch their wings.
stretch limo
stretch mark
stretch of coastline
▪ a beautiful stretch of coastline
stretch your muscles
▪ It’s a good idea to stretch your muscles after weight lifting.
stretch/hold out your arms
▪ I dreamt I saw my mother again with her arms stretched out towards me.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
far
▪ The significance of their municipal election on June 30 stretches far beyond this unfortunate town.
▪ Leeds C &038; A cheaper separates just did not stretch far enough.
▪ Even so there were times when the money just would not stretch far enough.
▪ Their shadows stretched far ahead of them in the morning sun, and he leapt down on to the shadow of the leader.
▪ Impressive enough as a light visual snack, but ultimately a ten-minute gag stretched far past breaking point.
▪ Because a Hoover lead would never stretch far enough!
gently
▪ Raise your arms towards the toes, lifting the head and shoulders off the floor. Gently stretch upwards for 15 counts.
▪ From here, gently stretch forwards for 25 counts.
▪ Stretch arms up high, then slowly lean forwards as far as you can without straining. Gently stretch forwards for 25 counts.
▪ The legs should be gently stretched in this exercise.
▪ Lower the hands and body towards one leg. Gently stretch forwards for 15 counts, holding each stretch for 1 second.
■ NOUN
area
▪ Maureen covers an area which stretches from Swansea to Wootton Bassett and across to Birmingham.
▪ The depot will serve an area stretching from Dumbarton to Cumbernauld.
▪ But worst hit is the area stretching from Witney to Wallingford with a 20% rise.
▪ To tone the chin and neck area, stretch you chin up as you do the exercise.
arm
▪ He stretched out his arms but had no room to manoeuvre.
▪ Then, gradually, he stretched out in her arms.
▪ Millions of tiny polyps have emerged from their limestone cells to stretch out their minuscule arms and grope for food.
▪ Jim switched his engine off and stretched his arms.
▪ He then stretches out his arms and attempts to grab the sole of each foot.
▪ It gets even better when you stop, stretch out your arms and soak in the surroundings with a full turn.
body
▪ I was stretched full-length upon the bodies, my battered hand resting on the rim of the tub.
▪ He lay back and she stretched her body over his, leaning to his mouth and parting his lips with her tongue.
▪ Just as you have stretched your body beyond what you had previously thought possible, so you can stretch your mind.
▪ She raised her arms, stretched her long tanned body in the heat of the sun.
▪ You will be told to try to stretch and relax your body from the feet upwards.
▪ She sighed and stretched her body sensuously beneath the sheet, listening dreamily to the almost comforting thrum of the receding planes.
▪ If you are not regularly stretching your body aerobically in some form of continuous whole body exercise, then you are sedentary.
imagination
▪ An artificial creature made of metal discs and beads may be stretching the imagination a bit.
▪ This is not absolutely necessary but it would stretch your imagination and further clarify the entire research process from beginning to end.
▪ This game will certainly stretch the imagination of D &038; D gamers.
▪ Now, for a moment I want you to stretch your imagination to the limits.
▪ Like mathematics, it doesn't only stretch the imagination.
▪ It is not Venice but it has warmth, colour, and views such as could stretch the most infertile imagination.
lead
▪ Woods then holed a birdie putt from six feet to stretch his lead to four.
▪ Two plays later, Humphries found Martin in the corner of the end zone to stretch the lead to 14-0.
▪ Dundela stretched their lead with further goals from Wilson and Doey.
▪ Davy Marrs stretched North's lead with a try a minute before half time following a good three-quarter line movement.
▪ In the second half Aston stretched Sheffield's lead with another penalty.
▪ Second Division leaders Stockton stretched their lead at the top to points after they beat Hebburn 4-1.
▪ He stretched the lead two minutes into the second half with his fourth kick.
leg
▪ Instead of sitting on the Alligator, you sit in it, with your legs stretched forward.
▪ When these peo-ple get up and move the legs, or stretch them, or massage them, the sensation goes away.
▪ He sat leaning against the back of the seat with his legs stretched out straight in front of him.
▪ Straighten both legs and stretch right out of your hips; straighten the spine and let your chin fall to your chest.
▪ Move your legs apart and stretch your hands above your head.
▪ The legs should be gently stretched in this exercise.
▪ Sitting with legs apart, stretch up, then twist at the waist and lower the hands and body towards one leg.
length
▪ I swung my boots up on to the bed and stretched out full length.
▪ And the line, which stretched nearly the length of Mizner Park, moved quickly.
▪ Eliot was stretched the length of his iron bedstead.
▪ The field of battle which our commanding generals selected stretched its length for six miles through that great forest....
▪ Anthea turned out the light and stretched full length on the bed.
▪ Horton had stretched lengths of fabric, also figured, over the doors, creating a deep, cave-like illusion.
▪ The exit was impossible to reach as this abyss stretched the length of the floor.
▪ The Headmaster turned towards a row of small carts sitting on a miniature railway track that stretched the length of the corridor.
limit
▪ Similar incidents occurred all over the Old City and the manpower Owen could command was stretched to its limit.
▪ When they act in concert, the individual soon begins to feel stretched to the limit.
▪ Banks have frozen loans and many small businesses are stretched to the limit.
▪ Employees, when surveyed, had repeatedly reported being stretched to the limit.
▪ However, these constraints need to be tested and stretched to their limits.
▪ Resources are stretched to the limit and, unless some one helps, the country will be awash with tears on Christmas morning.
▪ Olympic ideals were stretched to the limit.
line
▪ The second half of the nineteenth century saw suburban development along the railway lines stretching out of Paris.
▪ And the line, which stretched nearly the length of Mizner Park, moved quickly.
▪ He saw a line of fires stretching across South London, huge fires at regular intervals, their flames red and frightening.
▪ By 6: 30 a. m., the line of Selena look-alikes stretched nearly three blocks.
▪ Elasticity is important: I do not always prefer a line which stretches the least.
▪ Bobbie exhorted, as we sat staring at the invisible line that stretched beyond us.
▪ As the many Ontario lines stretched out in the 1870s and 1880s, dozens of new stations were built.
▪ Organizers who were fretting about millions of unsold tickets are contending with lines of hopeful spectators stretching five city blocks.
mile
▪ Of sand, surf and sea stretching for mile after mile after mile into the blue haze.
▪ Endlessly, the weeks stretched out, like mile upon mile of ocean.
▪ A convoy of cars stretching for miles was escorted by Merseyside Police outriders.
▪ It stretched for miles in each direction, with not a soul to be seen.
▪ An audience can only sit at the front of the stage and the hall stretches back for miles.
▪ Silhouetted sticks of rotted snow barriers emphasise godforsaken desert stretching for endless miles.
▪ The village itself stretches for about a mile southwards from the Driffield-Bridlington road.
▪ Five miles away the Ceredigion heritage coast stretches for miles and miles.
neck
▪ People before have stretched their necks towards them, like you, wonder-gazing children not able to sleep.
▪ His smallest robot is bigger than a man; the largest is two-stories high when it stretches its neck.
▪ When the man stepped back he trotted, stretching his neck to the ground.
▪ The chickens were walking around loose, stretching out their necks, pulling them back.
▪ Habit of appearing to stand on tiptoe, stretching the neck.
▪ Some held their chins high, stretching necks, their expressions agonized, like martyrs in paintings.
▪ As it is, I've stretched my neck out by ordering a full alert in the West Country.
point
▪ It may stretch credulity to the point that signs of real abuse are overlooked.
▪ But we are stretching a point, you might argue.
▪ But here Hallinan again stretches his point about direct economic interest.
▪ We have stretched points, legitimately and logically we trust, in other areas of the structure.
▪ Now there, I'd stretch a point.
▪ The imagination of the most extreme selectionist is stretched to breaking point by such a situation.
▪ The silence vibrated with tension, and Polly felt her nerves stretch almost to snapping point.
▪ I think it has come at a very unfortunate time, putting some stretched farmers at breaking point.
skin
▪ It was a rough job, but somehow it didn't look that different with the skin stretched over straw instead of ribs.
▪ Her skin, stretched over tendons and bones, had the delicacy of rice paper.
▪ The wrinkled skin was stretched tightly over the bones, paper-thin, blue-shadowed over pink crêpe.
▪ Their skin was stretched out between long spines, which seems to have acted as a cooling radiator.
▪ Tugged on that glossy skin until her eyes stretched wide and her chin tipped back.
▪ If too high the skin will stretch and be too thin.
■ VERB
seem
▪ Still the road seemed to stretch onwards endlessly, darkness replacing darkness, as he staggered forward.
▪ Sometimes countries seem to stretch these criteria.
▪ It glittered like glass and seemed to stretch out endlessly.
▪ If Virginia Street seemed to stretch the material to fill the space, this second play seems to cram it in.
▪ The woods used to seem to stretch up to the sky.
▪ The old mills, which had employed thousands, seemed to stretch on for miles.
▪ Its sing-a-long chorus was tempered with a churning ending that seemed to stretch for half the song.
stand
▪ He relinquished her hand and stood, stretching the tiredness from his muscles.
▪ He swung his legs over the side of the bed, stood up, and stretched.
▪ Habit of appearing to stand on tiptoe, stretching the neck.
▪ Opening his door Elder Brother jumped down, stumbled briefly then stood and stretched.
▪ Surkov and I stood up and stretched.
▪ I wanted to stand up and stretch.
▪ His friend Theseus stood before him and stretched out his hands to clasp those bloodstained hands.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
run/stretch/walk etc the (full) length of sth
▪ A faint scar ran the length of his left cheek.
▪ I always enjoyed walking the full length of the street to check how the other shops were faring.
▪ I would have to walk the length of the shed to reach him.
▪ Next door, the living room is large and beautifully proportioned, running the length of the house.
▪ The loft ran the length of the house from front to back, and it was lit by two unshaded forty-watt bulbs.
▪ Then Red runs the length of the court, grabs a pass, drives to the basket and sinks one.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ "Can I borrow your boots?" "No, you'll stretch them."
Stretch the canvas so that it covers the whole frame.
▪ Campers stretched string between posts to mark off their sites.
▪ Careful, don't stretch it, it'll snap!
▪ elasticated straps designed to stretch easily
▪ He stretched a large tarpaulin over the vehicle, tying it down at the corners.
▪ I think this sweater must have stretched when I washed it.
▪ I was disappointed with the course -- I didn't feel I was being stretched enough.
▪ Lycra shorts will stretch to fit you perfectly.
▪ Norma picked up a stocking, stretched it and then pulled it onto her foot.
▪ Seth stretched the phone cord around the corner so that he could speak in private.
▪ Sometimes we have to stretch one day's food into two.
▪ The elastic stretches so that the shoe can be slipped on and off.
▪ The exercises are designed to stretch the abilities of even the most advanced students.
▪ The game is a lot of fun, and it really stretches the kids.
▪ The oil slick stretched all the way to the horizon.
▪ There were poppy fields stretching as far as the eye could see.
▪ This fabric will stretch if you wash it in hot water.
▪ Today, just 5% remains of the original wooded land that stretched from the Atlantic to the Mississippi.
▪ Uncle John pulled hard on the bell-rope, which stretched and then broke.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Fish cakes of all kinds are a terrific way to use up leftovers or stretch a quantity of protein.
▪ It would stretch round the equator 97 times or reach to the moon and back five times.
▪ Now there, I'd stretch a point.
▪ Threads are then stretched or loosened by the weaver moving her body back and forth.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
final
▪ The debate is a milestone signalling the final stretch in the campaign leading to the caucuses.
▪ The van laboured its way up the final stretch of the brae, its engine protesting at the strain.
▪ As the debate moves into the final stretch, Britain is not without its bargaining cards either.
full
▪ Ahead, her father was riding alongside the hounds, at full stretch.
▪ I was already at full stretch.
▪ Even so, their defence was at full stretch with the pace and movement of Saha and Hayles.
▪ Last night, emergency services were still at full stretch and a full picture of the disaster had not yet emerged.
▪ Jim Magilton, who has our vote as man of the match, had the champions at full stretch.
▪ All the services for mental health seemed to be at full stretch already, he said.
▪ Slowly lower your heels to the floor, gaining full stretch.
▪ Then she swiped me right across the nose, claws at full stretch.
large
▪ In written language rhetorical organisers of larger stretches of discourse appear, like firstly, more important than and in conclusion.
▪ So beyond drilling simple sentences, it is necessary to drill larger stretches of speech. 7.2.5.
▪ Despite the size of the river, returning this water will inevitably kill life over large stretches.
lonely
▪ Not a wet, cold, grey and grizzly day on a lonely and deserted stretch of coast at Birkenhead.
▪ The lonely, two-mile stretch was not unsuited to ambush.
▪ Despite cutting back the undergrowth to keep routes open, footpads and other outlaws haunted most lonely stretches of road.
▪ Do you have to cross lonely stretches of ground between your home and the bus stop or railway station?
▪ This time a thirty-year-old schoolteacher cycling home to Hunstanton who had a puncture on a lonely stretch of road.
long
▪ Lydia was resigning herself to a long stretch of celibacy.
▪ We seemed to drift into tranquility once we reached the long plateau stretch on the high road to Taos.
▪ For long stretches there is almost no vegetation, just rocky fields divided by the winding asphalt.
▪ She was last seen alive early that evening on a long stretch of deserted road outside Aurora.
▪ This grouping worked quite efficiently, and a long stretch of fence was built on Donald's first day.
▪ He entertained himself for long stretches with trucks and cars, mumbling to himself as he crashed them together.
▪ He says it's a long stretch of road and you need at least two service areas.
▪ Players work long stretches gathering clues without a villain in sight.
narrow
▪ Across from the bay, beyond a narrow stretch of water, was a small island, an islet, rather.
particular
▪ Quiet and observant walkers may see red deer along this particular stretch.
▪ The particular stretch of road we want to follow is smack dab in the middle of four topographical maps.
▪ His Honour Mark Dyer said the fish farm was well aware that that particular stretch of river was reserved for brown trout.
short
▪ This divides the vista into short stretches, an important element in persuading drivers to slow down.
▪ He was accompanied for short stretches of his route by National Trust wardens.
▪ Suddenly, a car appeared at the end of the short stretch of road beyond his men.
▪ This required 18 traverses, short stretches of road linked by sharp bends, with beyond it a ravine.
▪ On Sheet 145 there is a short stretch of lane so described immediately south of Banbury.
▪ I charged over rocks and taking a run at sand, found that the wheel would skate for short stretches.
straight
▪ They were capable of a good turn of speed on the straight stretch between South Croydon and Purley.
▪ He ran his heart out, down the glistening straight stretch of Palm Avenue.
▪ Is there any need to signal along such a nice straight stretch of track? 33.
vast
▪ The vast stretch, the pace of time.
▪ The argument raged over vast stretches of territory, or rather over a series of labels that stood for territory.
whole
▪ The guides were planning to do the whole stretch and include us novices on the easier sections.
▪ This whole stretch has had lots of men coming.
▪ Critics say it should apply along the whole stretch.
▪ In fact this whole stretch of low-lying coastline, one of the most environmentally important in Britain, would be at risk.
▪ Two club contests at Boveton Beach produced nothing and just a few codling from the whole stretch of beach.
▪ The second area to turn attention to after the objective, is this whole area of stretch.
▪ However long she had been there, the whole stretch was a dingy aching trail of work and beatings.
wide
▪ There were now four people on the long wide stretch of strand.
▪ The room became a beach, a wide stretch, and the tide was turning on it, going out.
▪ From it you see the wide stretch of beach used in the opening scene of Chariots of Fire.
■ NOUN
home
▪ I was tired on the home stretch, but the crowd was wonderful.
▪ Clinton also had two personal strikes against him as he went into the home stretch toward the July Democratic convention.
■ VERB
enter
▪ Foreign language learners need to enter into long stretches of communication, in real and complex situations.
▪ Shortly thereafter we enter a stretch of shallow pools and channels cut into the rock by a millennium of erosion.
hold
▪ It is important to hold the stretches for two minutes in a position of mild tension, not pain.
▪ Gently stretch forwards for 25 counts, holding each stretch for 1 second.
▪ Any further hold up to the Spittalburn stretch will cost the taxpayer a six-figure sum for each week's delay.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a seven-year stretch
▪ an empty stretch of highway
▪ During their worst stretch of 1996, the Padres lost 19 of their 23 games.
▪ He spent several brief stretches in jail for minor offences.
▪ I do my stretches the minute I get out of bed.
▪ Sometimes between battles, there were long stretches of time when nothing happened.
▪ The stretch of coastline between Barcelona and the French border is called the Costa Brava.
▪ This is the last game in a four-day stretch here at the Forum.
▪ Washing in hot water can make the fabric lose its stretch.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ At 650 acres Draycote Water is the biggest stretch of water in the south Midlands and offers a wide range of activities.
▪ Each slow curve of the waterway showed another glittering stretch with no end, however.
▪ He entertained himself for long stretches with trucks and cars, mumbling to himself as he crashed them together.
▪ She looked round and saw this woman also had stretch marks on her stomach.
▪ Some of the Acutes hide grins, and McMurphy takes a huge stretch, yawns, winks at Harding.
▪ This stretch of road is oyster country and there are several spots in Marshall and Tomales to purchase the mollusks.
III.adjective
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Not boring white or dark blue broadcloth, but in an explosion of colors and fabrics, from stretch denim to corduroy.
▪ Scuba-tight stretch pants, uncomfortable and a little too revealing, are out.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Stretch

Stretch \Stretch\, v. i.

  1. 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.

    As far as stretcheth any ground.
    --Gower.

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

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

    The inner membrane . . . because it would stretch and yield, remained umbroken.
    --Boyle.

  4. To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts. [Obs. or Colloq.]

  5. (Naut.) To sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the ship stretched to the eastward.
    --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

    Stretch out, an order to rowers to extend themselves forward in dipping the oar.

Stretch

Stretch \Stretch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stretched; p. pr. & vb. n. Stretching.] [OE. strecchen, AS. streccan; akin to D. strekken, G. strecken, OHG. strecchen, Sw. str["a]cka, Dan. str[ae]kke; cf. AS. str[ae]ck, strec, strong, violent, G. strack straight; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to E. strong. Cf. Straight.]

  1. To reach out; to extend; to put forth.

    And stretch forth his neck long and small.
    --Chaucer.

    I in conquest stretched mine arm.
    --Shak.

  2. To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope.

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

  4. To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly.

    The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain.
    --Shak.

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

    Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve.
    --Doddridge.

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

    They take up, one day, the most violent and stretched prerogative.
    --Burke.

Stretch

Stretch \Stretch\, n.

  1. Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a stretch of the imagination.

    By stretch of arms the distant shore to gain.
    --Dryden.

    Those put a lawful authority upon the stretch, to the abuse of yower, under the color of prerogative.
    --L'Estrange.

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

    A great stretch of cultivated country.
    --W. Black.

    But all of them left me a week at a stretch.
    --E. Eggleston.

  3. The extent to which anything may be stretched.

    Quotations, in their utmost stretch, can signify no more than that Luther lay under severe agonies of mind.
    --Atterbury.

    This is the utmost stretch that nature can.
    --Granville.

  4. (Naut.) The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board.

  5. Course; direction; as, the stretch of seams of coal.

    To be on the stretch, to be obliged to use one's utmost powers.

    Home stretch. See under Home, a.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
stretch

late 12c., "expanse of land;" 1540s, "act of stretching," from stretch (v.); meaning "unbroken continuance of some activity" is first recorded 1660s; meaning "straightaway of a race course" (as in home stretch) is recorded from 1839. \n

stretch

Old English streccan (transitive and intransitive) "to stretch, spread out, prostrate; reach, extend" (past tense strehte, past participle streht), from Proto-Germanic *strakjanan (cognates: Danish strække, Swedish sträcka, Old Frisian strekka, Old High German strecchan, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German strecken "to stretch, draw out"), perhaps a variant of the root of stark, or else from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see string (n.)).\n

\nMeaning "to extend (the limbs or wings)" is from c.1200; that of "to lay out for burial" is from early 13c. To stretch one's legs "take a walk" is from c.1600. Meaning "to lengthen by force" first recorded late 14c.; figurative sense of "to enlarge beyond proper limits, exaggerate," is from 1550s. Stretch limo first attested 1973. Stretch marks is attested from 1960. Related: Stretched; stretching.

Wiktionary
stretch

n. 1 An act of stretching. 2 The ability to lengthen when pulled. 3 A course of thought which diverts from straightforward logic, or requires extraordinary belief. 4 A segment of a journey or route. 5 (label en baseball) A quick pitching delivery used when runners are on base where the pitcher slides his leg instead of lifting it. 6 (label en baseball) 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. 7 A length of time. 8 (label en informal) A term of address for a tall person 9 (context Ireland idiomatic English) extended daylight hours, especially said of the evening in springtime when compared to the shorter winter days vb. 1 (label en transitive) To lengthen by pulling. 2 (label en intransitive) To lengthen when pulled. 3 (label en transitive) To pull tight. 4 (label en figuratively transitive) To get more use than expected from a limited resource. 5 (label en figuratively transitive) To make inaccurate by exaggeration. 6 (label en intransitive) To extend physically, especially from limit point to limit point.

WordNet
stretch
  1. adj. having an elongated seating area; "a stretch limousine" [syn: stretch(a)]

  2. easily stretched; "stretch hosiery"

stretch
  1. n. a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of highway"; "a stretch of clear water"

  2. the act of physically reaching or thrusting out [syn: reach, reaching]

  3. a straightaway section of a racetrack

  4. exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent [syn: 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"

  6. an unbroken period of time during which you do something; "there were stretches of boredom"; "he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary" [syn: stint]

  7. the capacity for being stretched [syn: stretchiness, stretchability]

stretch
  1. v. occupy a large, elongated area; "The park stretched beneath the train line" [syn: stretch along]

  2. extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; "Stretch your legs!"; "Extend your right arm above your head" [syn: 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" [syn: unfold, stretch out, extend]

  4. become longer by being stretched and pulled; "The fabric stretches" [ant: shrink]

  5. make long or longer by pulling and stretching; "stretch the fabric" [syn: elongate]

  6. lie down comfortably; "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass" [syn: stretch out]

  7. pull in opposite directions; "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"

  8. extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly; "Stretch the limits"; "stretch my patience"; "stretch the imagination"

  9. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor" [syn: adulterate, 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" [syn: extend]

  11. extend one's body or limbs; "Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours" [syn: stretch out]

Wikipedia
Stretch (rapper)

Randy Walker (April 8, 1968 – November 30, 1995), better known by his stage name Stretch, was an American rapper and producer.

Stretch (band)

Stretch were a 1970s British rock band that grew from the collaboration between Elmer Gantry (real name Dave Terry) and Kirby (real name Graham) Gregory. Gantry had been the frontman of Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera. Kirby had been a member of Curved Air.

Stretch (2011 film)

Stretch is a 2011 English-language film directed by Charles de Meaux. It stars Nicolas Cazalé, Fan Bingbing and David Carradine. It marks Carradine's last screen appearance as he died during filming in Bangkok. After his death his widow Annie Bierman sued MK2 Productions, the film's production company, for negligence.

Stretch (2014 film)

Stretch is a 2014 American comedy crime film written and directed by Joe Carnahan. The film stars Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, an uncredited Chris Pine, James Badge Dale, Brooklyn Decker, and Jessica Alba. The film was released on video on demand on October 7, 2014 by Universal Pictures.

Stretch (album)

Stretch is the ninth studio album by the American solo artist Scott Walker. It was released in November 1973 but was unsuccessful on the music charts. No singles were released from the album. It was Walker's first solo album for CBS/Columbia records after departing from Philips Records.

The majority of the songs recorded for the album were covers of old songs, some of which were by songwriters Walker had covered before such as Randy Newman and Jimmy Webb. The one new song "Someone Who Cared" was written by the album's producer Del Newman. The album was recorded in 1973 at Nova Studios, Marble Arch, London. Receiving negative reviews from critics the album was released as an LP in November 1973. The album was reissued and released on CD in 1997 by BGO Records coupled with Walker's tenth studio album 1974's We Had It All.

Stretch (surname)

Stretch is the surname of:

  • Bill Stretch (born 1935), Australian former politician
  • Gary Stretch (born 1965), English actor, former boxer and former model
  • Jack Stretch (1855–1919), Australian Anglican bishop
  • Joe Stretch (born 1982), English writer
  • John Stretch (disambiguation)
  • Peter Stretch (1670–1746), early American clockmaker
  • Steven Stretch (born 1964), former Australian rules footballer
  • Thomas Stretch (1697–1765), American clockmaker, son of Peter Stretch
  • Reverend Thomas James Stretch, assigned to the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
Stretch (nickname)

Stretch is the nickname of:

  • Stretch Johnson (1915–2002), American tap dancer and social activist
  • Campbell Miller (1910–1972), American baseball play-by-play broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Stretch Murphy (1907–1992), American basketball player and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Stretch Cunningham, a recurring character in the TV series All in the Family

Usage examples of "stretch".

She rose and stretched, her grunts waking the entire camp, and ambled towards the forest.

Her boots crunched on pulverized glass as she stretched up on tiptoe to peer into the back of the amplifier head.

Eddie, still racing Hooper down the stretch for the alleged Black Crow, was delighted to find Freud so tight into anal sadism, and developed a facial tic.

This he managed to do without disturbing the flow of free association from his analysand, who was stretched out upon the couch.

She groaned and released his neck to fall back, arching and stretching, luxuriating in the sinful delight of a bath.

There, stretched out amongst the corpses, in the middle of the barricade, with his hair in the gutter, was seen the all-but namesake of Charpentier, Carpentier, the delegate of the committee of the Tenth Arrondissement, who had been killed, and had fallen backwards, with two balls in his breast.

South stretched the wide expanse of the valley, with the broad Turnbull flashing in the midst and sweeping away to the west in lazy curves quite different from the arrowy little stream which he knew near the cave and through his own territory.

It may be entirely removed for the time by wetting the wool in hot water, then drying it in a stretched condition, or the curl may be artificially induced by unequal drying, a fact which is turned to practical account in the curling of feathers and of hair.

Starting from an antipodal position, Kundera shares with Leclerc that sense of hovering at the borderline where a thought or situation, stretched to maximum intensity, teeters on the brink of collapse into the ridiculous or the absurd.

The game, slow and subtle, tense and attenuated, stretched from morning to afternoon and then to evening.

Christianson were attempting to update the autopilot in order to find a good stretch of empty space to jettison the crew when Bill walked in alone, having drawn the short straw.

The north ballium presented a scene of color and activity, crowded as it was with knights and ladies, pages, squires, grooms, men-at-arms and horses, nor would it accommodate them all, so that the overflow stretched into the east and south balliums and even through the great east gate out upon the road that leads down into the valley.

She came to the head of the stairs, stretched out one hand to the baluster rail and then, unaccountably, she stumbled, tried to recover her balance, failed and went headlong down the stairs.

If you wanted to stretch a piece of strong thread or wire across the top of the stairs about a foot from the ground, you could tie it one side to the balusters, but on the inner wall side you would need something like a nail to attach the thread to.

Bayard went down on that day of storm and the dark waters of defeat and bankruptcy closed above him, there had been stretched one hand to save.