- The definition of a stretch is a long, unbroken period of time or distance.
An example of stretch is sixteen days without a day off.
- To stretch is to get wider, longer or larger, or to cause something to get wider, longer or larger or to try to make scarce resources go further.
- An example of stretch is what a sweater does when someone wears it who is too big for it.
- An example of stretch is what you do to a sweater you wear that is too small for you.
- An example of stretch is when you only have enough food for one and you share it with another.
- To stretch is to last longer than expected or to cause something to last longer than expected.
An example of stretch is when a play drags on for four hours instead of two.
- To stretch is to move the limbs of your body as far as you can.
An example of stretch is when you reach your arms as high as possible above your head to reach something on a high shelf.
This pregnant woman's sweater is needing to stretch.
- to hold out or reach out; extend: to stretch out a helping hand
- to cause (the body or limbs) to reach out to full length, as in yawning, relaxing, reclining, etc.
- to pull or spread out to full extent or to greater size: to stretch sheets out to dry
- to cause to reach or extend over a given space, distance, or time: to stretch pipelines across a continent
- to cause to reach or extend farther or too far; force or strain
- to strain in interpretation, application, scope, etc. to questionable or unreasonable limits: to stretch a rule, to stretch the truth
- to make tense or tight with effort; strain (a muscle, etc.)
- Slang to knock down, esp. so as to cause to lie at full length
Origin of stretchMiddle English strecchen ; from Old English streccan, akin to German strecken ; from Indo-European an unverified form sterg- ; from base an unverified form (s)ter-, to be stiff, rigid from source stare
- to spread or be spread out to full extent or beyond normal limits
- to extend or continue over a given space, distance, direction, or time
- to extend the body or limbs to full length, as in yawning or reaching for something
- to lie down at full length: usually with out
- to become stretched or be capable of being stretched to greater size, as any elastic substance
- Jazz to perform a lengthy improvised solo: with out
- a stretching or being stretched
- an unbroken period; continuous space (of time): over a stretch of ten days
- Slang a term served in prison under a sentence
- the extent to which something can be stretched
- an unbroken length, tract, or space; continuous extent or distance: a long stretch of beach
- any of the sections of a course or track for racing
- homestretch (sense )
- a course or direction
- a stretch limousine, airliner, etc.
- an action or effort that exceeds someone's normal limits or powers
- ☆ Baseball the act of bringing the hands together, as before the chest, and then lowering them and pausing before pitching the ball or attempting to pick off a base runner
- made of elasticized fabric so as to stretch easily and fit closely: stretch pants
- designating or of a vehicle, esp. a limousine, that has been customized by extending the passenger section to enlarge seating capacity
verbstretched, stretch·ing, stretch·es
- To lengthen, widen, or distend: stretched the sweater out of shape.
- To cause to extend from one place to another or across a given space: stretched the banner between two poles.
- To make taut; tighten: stretched the tarpaulin until it ripped.
- To reach or put forth; extend: stretched out his hand.
- a. To extend (oneself or one's limbs, for example) to full length: stretched her calves before running.b. To extend (oneself) when lying down: she stretched herself out on the couch.c. To put to torture on the rack.
- To wrench or strain (a muscle, for example).
- a. To extend or enlarge beyond the usual or proper limits: stretch the meaning of a word.b. To subject to undue strain: to stretch one's patience.
- a. To expand in order to fulfill a larger function: stretch a budget; stretch a paycheck.b. To increase the quantity of by admixture or dilution: stretch a meal by thinning the stew.
- To prolong: stretch out an argument.
- Informal To fell by a blow: stretched his opponent in the first round.
- To become lengthened, widened, or distended.
- To extend or reach over a distance or area or in a given direction: “On both sides of us stretched the wet plain” (Ernest Hemingway).
- To lie down at full length: stretched out on the bed.
- To extend one's muscles or limbs, as after prolonged sitting or on awakening.
- To extend over a given period of time: “This story stretches over a whole generation” (William Golding).
- The act of stretching or the state of being stretched.
- The extent or scope to which something can be stretched; elasticity.
- A continuous or unbroken length, area, or expanse: an empty stretch of highway.
- A straight section of a racecourse or track, especially the section leading to the finish line.
- a. A continuous period of time.b. Slang A term of imprisonment: served a two-year stretch.c. Informal The last stage of an event, period, or process.
- Baseball A series of movements in which a pitcher, standing with the glove side facing home plate, raises both hands to the height of the head and then lowers them to the chest or waist for a short pause before pitching the ball. It is used especially when runners are on base because it gives base runners less time to steal than they have during a full windup.
- Made of an elastic material that stretches easily: stretch pants.
- Of, relating to, or being a vehicle, such as a limousine or passenger jet, having an extended seating area that provides extra space for more passengers, leg room, or amenities.
Origin of stretchMiddle English strecchen, from Old English streccan.
(third-person singular simple present stretches, present participle stretching, simple past and past participle straught (obsolete), straight (obsolete) or stretched)
- 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.
- To pull tight.
- First, stretch the skin over the frame of the drum.
- (figuratively) To get more use than expected from a limited resource.
- I managed to stretch my coffee supply a few more days.
- (figuratively) 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 or) 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.
- To increase.
- (nautical) To sail by the wind under press of canvas.
- The ship stretched to the eastward.
- An act of stretching.
- I was right in the middle of a stretch when the phone rang.
- To say crossing the street was brave was quite a stretch.
- 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.
- It's a bit of a stretch to call Boris Karloff a comedian.
- A segment of a journey or route.
- It was an easy trip except for the last stretch, which took forever.
- (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.
- A length of time.
- He did a 7-year stretch in jail.
From Middle English strecchen, from Old English streċċan (“to stretch, hold out, extend, spread out, prostrate”), from Proto-Germanic *strakjaną, *strakkijaną (“to stretch, make taut or tight”), from Proto-Indo-European *streg-, *treg- (“stiff, rigid”). Cognate with Dutch strekken (“to stretch, straighten”), German strecken (“to stretch, straighten, elongate”), Danish strække (“to stretch”), Swedish sträcka (“to stretch”), Dutch strak (“taut, tight”), Albanian shtriqem (“to stretch”). More at stark.
stretch - Computer Definition
The code name for IBM's first "supercomputer," the 7030, which was started in 1955 and completed in 1961. The first of eight units was delivered to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and was in use for 10 years. STRETCH was IBM's first attempt at building transistorized computers and was designed to "stretch" the speed of its current vacuum tube models by a factor of 100. The machine was very sophisticated for its time, providing simultaneous execution of business instructions with floating point arithmetic. It was estimated that IBM lost 40 million dollars in developing STRETCH, but that the knowledge gained led to huge profits with its subsequent computers.