- IPA: /stɹɛtʃ/
stretch (stretches, present participle stretching; past and past participle stretched)
- (transitive) To lengthen by pulling.
- I stretched the rubber band until it almost broke.
- (intransitive) To lengthen when pulled.
- The rubber band stretched almost to the breaking point.
- The inner membrane […] because it would stretch and yield, remained unbroken.
- (transitive) To pull tight.
- First, stretch the skin over the frame of the drum.
- (figuratively, transitive) To get more use than expected from a limited resource.
- I managed to stretch my coffee supply a few more days.
- (figuratively, transitive) To make inaccurate by exaggeration.
- To say crossing the street was brave is stretching the meaning of "brave" considerably.
- (intransitive) To extend physically, especially from limit point to limit point.
- The beach stretches from Cresswell to Amble.
- (intransitive, transitive) To extend one’s limbs or another part of the body in order to improve the elasticity of one's muscles
- Cats stretch with equal ease and agility beyond the point that breaks a man on the rack.
- I always stretch my muscles before exercising.
- (intransitive) To extend to a limit point
- His mustache stretched all the way to his sideburns.
- (transitive) To increase.
- (obsolete, colloquial) To stretch the truth; to exaggerate.
- a man apt to stretch in his report of facts
- (nautical) To sail by the wind under press of canvas.
- The ship stretched to the eastward.
- (slang, transitive, archaic) To execute by hanging.
- To make great demands on the capacity or resources of something.
- French: étendre
- German: strecken, dehnen, langziehen
- Italian: tendere
- Portuguese: esticar
- Russian: вытя́гивать
- Spanish: estirar
- German: dehnen, ausleiern, sich strecken
- Portuguese: esticar
- Russian: вытя́гиваться
- Spanish: estirarse, dar
- French: s'étirer
- German: dehnen, recken, strecken, stretchen
- Portuguese: espreguiçar-se
- Spanish: estirar
stretch (plural stretches)
- An act of stretching.
- I was right in the middle of a stretch when the phone rang.
- The ability to lengthen when pulled.
- That rubber band has quite a bit of stretch.
- A course of thought which diverts from straightforward logic, or requires extraordinary belief or exaggeration.
- It's a bit of a stretch to call Boris Karloff a comedian.
- To say crossing the street was brave was quite a stretch.
- A segment of a journey or route.
- It was an easy trip except for the last stretch, which took forever.
- It's a tough stretch of road in the winter, especially without chains.
- A segment or length of material.
- a stretch of cloth
- (baseball) A quick pitching delivery used when runners are on base where the pitcher slides his leg instead of lifting it.
- (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.
- (informal) Term of address for a tall person.
- (horse racing) The homestretch, the final straight section of the track leading to the finish.
- A length of time.
- 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 6, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
- After the harvest there was a stretch of clear dry weather, and the animals toiled harder than ever […]
- (Ireland) Extended daylight hours, especially said of the evening in springtime when compared to the shorter winter days.
- There is a grand stretch in the evenings.
- (sports) The period of the season between the trade deadline and the beginning of the playoffs.
- (slang) A jail or prison term.
- He did a seven-year stretch in jail.
- (slang) A jail or prison term of one year's duration.
- A single uninterrupted sitting; a turn.
- A stretch limousine.
- French: étirement
- German: Strecken, Dehnen, Untertreibung, Übertreibung
- Portuguese: alongamento
- Russian: растя́гивание
- Spanish: estirón, estiramiento
- German: Elastizität, Dehnbarkeit, Dehnung
- Portuguese: elasticidade
- Russian: эласти́чность
- Spanish: elasticidad
- German: Langer