/strɛtʃ / (say strech)

verb (t)
1. Also, stretch out. to draw out or extend (oneself, the body, limbs, wings, etc.) to the full length or extent: to stretch oneself out on the ground.
2. to hold out, reach forth, or extend (the hand or something held, etc.).
3. to extend, spread, or place so as to reach from one point or place to another: to stretch a rope across a road.
4. to draw tight or taut: to stretch the strings of a violin.
5. to lengthen, widen, distend, or enlarge by tension: to stretch a rubber band.
6. to draw out, extend, or enlarge unduly: a sweater stretched at the elbows.
7. to extend or force beyond the natural or proper limits; strain: to stretch the facts.
8. to construct (the fuselage of a plane, the body of a car, etc.) so that it is longer than usual.
verb (i)
9. to extend the hand, or reach, as for something.
10. to extend over a distance, area, period of time, or in a particular direction: the forest stretches for as far as the eye can see.
11. to stretch oneself by extending the limbs, straining the muscles, etc.
12. to become stretched, or admit of being stretched, to greater length, width, etc., as any elastic material.
13. the act of stretching.
14. the state of being stretched.
15. capacity for being stretched.
16. a continuous length, distance, tract, or expanse: a stretch of bush.
17. one of the two straight sides of a racecourse, as distinguished from the bend or curve at each end, especially that part of the course (home stretch) between the last turn and the winning post.
18. an extent in time or duration: a stretch of ten years.
19. Colloquial a term of imprisonment.
20. Colloquial (a form of address to a tall person.)
21. made to stretch in order to fit different shapes and sizes, as clothing: stretch stockings.
22. Also, stretched. (of a motor vehicle, aeroplane, etc.) constructed with a longer body than usual, usually by adding an extra section which increases the overall length but not the width or height: a stretch hummer; a stretch A380.
23. be a bit of a stretch,
a. to require a maximum physical or mental effort.
b. to be difficult to believe: his claim was a bit of a stretch.
24. stretch a point, to go beyond the usual limits: *Could you stretch a point and let me have the mattress too? –kylie tennant, 1946. {Phrase Origin: ? with reference to the lacing once used to secure clothing which had metal points at the ends to facilitate the threading. When the lacing was lengthened by stretching the points, the clothes allowed for more freedom and fullness.}
25. stretch one's legs, to take a walk.
26. stretch out, to recline at full length: to stretch out on a couch.
{Middle English; Old English streccan}
stretchable, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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