Crossword clues for stretch
- Warm up before exercising
- Something to do immediately after waking up
- (racing) a straightaway section of a racetrack
- An unbroken period of time during which you do something
- Exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
- A large and unbroken expanse or distance
- The act of physically reaching or thrusting out
- Extension to or beyond the ordinary limit
- Seventh-inning tradition
- Indulge in pandiculation
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Stretch \Stretch\, v. i.
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.
To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the lazy man yawns and stretches.
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.
To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts. [Obs. or Colloq.]
(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\, 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.]
To reach out; to extend; to put forth.
And stretch forth his neck long and small.
I in conquest stretched mine arm.
To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope.
To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings.
To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly.
The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain.
To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle.
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve.
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.
Stretch \Stretch\, n.
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.
Those put a lawful authority upon the stretch, to the abuse of yower, under the color of prerogative.
A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land.
A great stretch of cultivated country.
But all of them left me a week at a stretch.
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.
This is the utmost stretch that nature can.
(Naut.) The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board.
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
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
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.
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.
adj. having an elongated seating area; "a stretch limousine" [syn: stretch(a)]
easily stretched; "stretch hosiery"
n. a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of highway"; "a stretch of clear water"
a straightaway section of a racetrack
exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent [syn: stretching]
extension to or beyond the ordinary limit; "running at full stretch"; "by no stretch of the imagination"; "beyond any stretch of his understanding"
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]
v. occupy a large, elongated area; "The park stretched beneath the train line" [syn: stretch along]
extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; "Stretch your legs!"; "Extend your right arm above your head" [syn: extend]
become longer by being stretched and pulled; "The fabric stretches" [ant: shrink]
make long or longer by pulling and stretching; "stretch the fabric" [syn: elongate]
lie down comfortably; "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass" [syn: stretch out]
pull in opposite directions; "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly; "Stretch the limits"; "stretch my patience"; "stretch the imagination"
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]
extend one's body or limbs; "Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours" [syn: stretch out]
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 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 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 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 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 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.