|1.||[ verb ] occupy a large, elongated area|
"The park stretched beneath the train line"
|2.||[ verb ] extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body|
"Stretch your legs!" "Extend your right arm above your head"
|Related terms:||tense crane spread-eagle extension|
|3.||[ verb ] extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length|
|Synonyms:||stretch_out unfold extend|
"Unfold the newspaper" "stretch out that piece of cloth" "extend the TV antenna"
|Related terms:||change_shape extend|
|4.||[ verb ] become longer by being stretched and pulled|
"The fabric stretches"
|Related terms:||shrink grow give|
|5.||[ noun ] the act of physically reaching or thrusting out|
|Related terms:||motion outreach|
|6.||[ verb ] make long or longer by pulling and stretching|
"stretch the fabric"
|Related terms:||lengthen stretching elongation elongation|
|7.||[ noun ] a large and unbroken expanse or distance|
"a stretch of highway" "a stretch of clear water"
|Related terms:||expanse slack|
|8.||[ noun ] (racing) a straightaway section of a racetrack|
|Related terms:||straightaway homestretch racetrack|
|9.||[ noun ] exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent|
|Related terms:||exercise pandiculation|
|10.||[ verb ] lie down comfortably|
"To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass"
|11.||[ noun ] extension to or beyond the ordinary limit|
"running at full stretch" "by no stretch of the imagination" "beyond any stretch of his understanding"
|12.||[ verb ] pull in opposite directions|
"During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
|Related terms:||pull pull_back|
|13.||[ verb ] extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly|
: "Stretch the limits" "stretch my patience" "stretch the imagination"
|14.||[ adjective ] easily stretched|
|15.||[ adjective ] having an elongated seating area|
"a stretch limousine"
|16.||[ verb ] 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"
|Related terms:||increase adulterate|
|17.||[ verb ] extend one's body or limbs|
"Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours"
|Related terms:||move reach|
|18.||[ verb ] corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones|
|Synonyms:||water_down dilute debase adulterate|
|Related terms:||corrupt thin sophisticate water_down extend adulteration adulterant adulterator|
|19.||[ noun ] an unbroken period of time during which you do something|
"there were stretches of boredom" "he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary"
|20.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 21203|
|21.||[ noun ] (physics) the capacity for being stretched|