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stretch (v.)

Old English streccan (transitive and intransitive) "to stretch, spread out, prostrate; reach, extend" (past tense strehte, past participle streht), from Proto-Germanic *strakjanan (source also of 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.)).

Meaning "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.

stretch (n.)

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.

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Definitions of stretch
1
stretch (v.)
occupy a large, elongated area;
The park stretched beneath the train line
Synonyms: stretch along
stretch (v.)
extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body;
Synonyms: extend
stretch (v.)
extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length;
stretch out that piece of cloth
Synonyms: unfold / stretch out / extend
stretch (v.)
become longer by being stretched and pulled;
The fabric stretches
stretch (v.)
make long or longer by pulling and stretching;
stretch the fabric
Synonyms: elongate
stretch (v.)
lie down comfortably;
To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass
Synonyms: stretch out
stretch (v.)
pull in opposite directions;
During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack
stretch (v.)
extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly;
stretch the imagination
stretch my patience
stretch (v.)
corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones;
Synonyms: load / adulterate / dilute / debase
stretch (v.)
increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance;
stretch the soup by adding some more cream
Synonyms: extend
stretch (v.)
extend one's body or limbs;
Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours
Synonyms: stretch out
2
stretch (n.)
a large and unbroken expanse or distance;
a stretch of clear water
a stretch of highway
stretch (n.)
the act of physically reaching or thrusting out;
Synonyms: reach / reaching
stretch (n.)
a straightaway section of a racetrack;
stretch (n.)
exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent;
Synonyms: stretching
stretch (n.)
extension to or beyond the ordinary limit;
beyond any stretch of his understanding
running at full stretch
by no stretch of the imagination
stretch (n.)
an unbroken period of time during which you do something;
he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary
there were stretches of boredom
Synonyms: stint
stretch (n.)
the capacity for being stretched;
Synonyms: stretchiness / stretchability
3
stretch (adj.)
having an elongated seating area;
a stretch limousine
stretch (adj.)
easily stretched;
stretch hosiery
From wordnet.princeton.edu