• A little girl, held by a woman, reaches a finger towards falling snowflakes
    A little girl, held by a woman, reaches a finger towards falling snowflakes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v reach be in or establish communication with "Our advertisements reach millions","He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia"
    • v reach to exert much effort or energy "straining our ears to hear"
    • v reach move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense "Government reaches out to the people"
    • v reach reach a point in time, or a certain state or level "The thermometer hit 100 degrees","This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
    • v reach reach a destination, either real or abstract "We hit Detroit by noon","The water reached the doorstep","We barely made it to the finish line","I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
    • v reach reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team" "We made it!","She may not make the grade"
    • v reach place into the hands or custody of "hand me the spoon, please","Turn the files over to me, please","He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
    • v reach to gain with effort "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"
    • v reach to extend as far as "The sunlight reached the wall","Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall"
    • n reach the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
    • n reach an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet" "a piano has a greater range than the human voice","the ambit of municipal legislation","within the compass of this article","within the scope of an investigation","outside the reach of the law","in the political orbit of a world power"
    • n reach the limit of capability "within the compass of education"
    • n reach the limits within which something can be effective "range of motion","he was beyond the reach of their fire"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

The Erl-King reaches out for the rider and his child The Erl-King reaches out for the rider and his child
Reach Into Another Pocket and Dig up Another Roll 171 Reach Into Another Pocket and Dig up Another Roll 171
He saw in his own mind the tall pines reach up into the blue skies He saw in his own mind the tall pines reach up into the blue skies
The princess reaches down from her window The princess reaches down from her window
Zoulvisia, on her horse, reaches up to the young man in the tree Zoulvisia, on her horse, reaches up to the young man in the tree
The king climbs to crystal tower to reach Zoulvisia The king climbs to crystal tower to reach Zoulvisia
A kitten stands on a chair to reach a fish and pull it from the table A kitten stands on a chair to reach a fish and pull it from the table
When she reached the door she stopped for a few moments When she reached the door she stopped for a few moments

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cheetahs are the fastest land animal and can reach speeds up to 72mph
    • Reach An artifice to obtain an advantage. "The Duke of Parma had particular reaches and ends of his own underhand to cross the design."
    • n Reach An effort to vomit.
    • Reach An extended portion of land or water; a stretch; a straight portion of a stream or river, as from one turn to another; a level stretch, as between locks in a canal; an arm of the sea extending up into the land. "The river's wooded reach .""The coast . . . is very full of creeks and reaches ."
    • Reach Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope. "And on the left hand, hell,
      With long reach , interposed."
      "I am to pray you not to strain my speech
      To grosser issues, nor to larger reach Than to suspicion."
    • Reach Hence, to deliver by stretching out a member, especially the hand; to give with the hand; to pass to another; to hand over; as, to reach one a book. "He reached me a full cup."
    • Reach Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as. "If these examples of grown men reach not the case of children, let them examine."
    • Reach The act of stretching or extending; extension; power of reaching or touching with the person, or a limb, or something held or thrown; as, the fruit is beyond my reach; to be within reach of cannon shot.
    • Reach The pole or rod which connects the hind axle with the forward bolster of a wagon.
    • Reach The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity. "Drawn by others who had deeper reaches than themselves to matters which they least intended.""Be sure yourself and your own reach to know."
    • Reach To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to. "The best account of the appearances of nature which human penetration can reach , comes short of its reality."
    • Reach To arrive at; to come to; to get as far as. "Before this letter reaches your hands."
    • Reach To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; to extend some part of the body, or something held by one, so as to touch, strike, grasp, or the like; as, to reach an object with the hand, or with a spear. "O patron power, . . . thy present aid afford,
      Than I may reach the beast."
    • Reach To extend in dimension, time, amount, action, influence, etc., so as to touch, attain to, or be equal to, something. "And behold, a ladder set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven.""The new world reaches quite across the torrid zone."
    • Reach To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent; as, his land reaches the river. "Thy desire . . . leads to no excess
      That reaches blame."
    • Reach To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like. "Her tresses yellow, and long straughten,
      Unto her heeles down they raughten ."
      "Reach hither thy hand and thrust it into my side.""Fruit trees, over woody, reached too far
      Their pampered boughs."
    • Reach To overreach; to deceive.
    • v. i Reach rēch To retch.
    • Reach (Naut) To sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking to another, or with the wind nearly abeam.
    • Reach To strain after something; to make efforts. "Reaching above our nature does no good."
    • Reach To stretch out the hand. "Goddess humane, reach , then, and freely taste!"
    • Reach To strike, hit, or touch with a missile; as, to reach an object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell.
    • Reach To understand; to comprehend. "Do what, sir? I reach you not."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lions cannot roar until they reach the age of two.
    • reach To hold or stretch forth; extend outward.
    • reach To deliver by or as if by the outstretched hand; hand out or over; extend out to.
    • reach To make a stretch to; bring into contact by or as if by stretching out the hand; attain to by something held or stretched out: as, to reach a book on a shelf; to reach an object with a cane.
    • reach To take, seize, or move by stretching out the hand, or by other effort.
    • reach To attain to by movement or progress; arrive at, physically or mentally; come or get to: as, to reach a port or destination; to reach high office or distinction; to reach a conclusion by study or by reasoning.
    • reach To extend to in continuity or scope; streteh or be prolonged so as to extend to, literally or figuratively: attain to contact with or action upon; penetrate to.
    • reach To come or get at; penetrate or obtain access to; extend cognizance, agency, or influence to: as, to reach a person through his vanity.
    • reach To attain to an understanding of; succeed in comprehending.
    • reach To stretch; have extent in course or direction; continue to or toward a term, limit, or conclusion.
    • reach To extend in amount or capacity; rise in quantity or number; amount; suffice: with to or unto.
    • reach To make a stretch to or toward something, as with the hand or by exertion; stretch forward or onward; make a straining effort: as, to reach out for an apple; to reach at or after gain.
    • reach To attain; arrive; get, as to a point, destination, or aim.
    • reach To turn; start forth.
    • reach Nautical, to sail with the wind free.
    • n reach A continuous stretch or course; an uninterrupted line of extension or continuity: as, a reach of level ground; an inland reach of the sea; a reach of a river (a straight course between bends); a reach of a canal (the part between locks, having a uniform level).
    • n reach Limit or scope of stretch or extension; power of reaching by the outstretched hand or any other agency; the act of or capacity for reaching: as, the reach of the arm; to be within one's reach, or within the reach of the law.
    • n reach Effective extent or scope; range of capacity or ability; power of accomplishment; grasp; penetration; comprehension.
    • n reach A reaching out for something; forecast in aim or purpose; a scheme of effort for some end.
    • n reach The pole connecting the rear axle to the bolster of a wagon or other vehicle; a coupling-pole. See cut under hound, 7.
    • n reach Nautical, the distance sailed between tacks: same as board, 13 .
    • n reach An extended point of land; a promontory.
    • reach A variant of retch.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fastest speed a raindrop had reached when falling is seven miles per hour.
    • v.t Reach rēch to stretch or extend: to attain or obtain by stretching out the hand: to hand over: to extend to: to arrive at: to get at: to gain
    • v.i Reach to be extended: to mount up in quantity or number: to stretch out the hand: to try to obtain: to arrive
    • n Reach act or power of reaching: extent of stretch: extent of force: penetration: artifice: contrivance: a straight portion of a stream between bends:
    • n Reach (naut.) the distance traversed between tacks
    • ***


  • Helmut Schmidt
    Helmut Schmidt
    “Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.”
  • Evelyn Waugh
    “Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography.”
  • Hermann Goering
    Hermann Goering
    “Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver.”
  • John W. Gardner
    “Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Reach up as far as you can, and God will reach down all the way.”


Boardinghouse reach - Boardinghouse reach is the ability to reach a long distance across a table to get food. We've used it in our family for as long as I can remember, when you reach across someone's plate, "Pardon my boardinghouse reach".


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. rechen, AS. rǣcan, rǣcean, to extend, stretch out; akin to D. reiken, G. reichen, and possibly to AS. rīce, powerful, rich, E. rich,. √115


In literature:

He at length reached the deck.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Grand Canyon is now easily reached by the Santa Fe Railway system.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
She opened the door as he reached it, and came out into the garden.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Perhaps he had over-reached.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
On the second day Vienna was reached.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
They soon reached this stream.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Unhappily for him just as he reached the door the proofs of his guilt became apparent.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
He came on with his slow, powerful strides until he reached the water's edge.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
Benda was the first to reach out his hand; then Daniel reached out his.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The male growled again, his lips wrinkling back in a snarl as the emanations of fear from the men he could not see reached panic peak.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton

In poetry:

For, when thy son hath reached his goal,
And vanished from the earth,
Soon wilt thou find him in thy soul,
A second, holier birth.
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
And are those transitory hours,
So sweet to my remembrance, gone?
Sunk in the deep abyss of time,
Beyond the reach of fancy flown?
"Retired Hours" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
For these are strains that rise uncheck'd
By sorrow, or by fear,
The cares that spoil the worldling's song
Can never reach them here.
"To a Bird Singing In The Church" by Caroline Fry
At dawn they toiled the steep ascent;
They had scarcely reached the top
When a voice in accents stern and cold
Commanded them to stop.
"The Gallant Peter Clarke" by Anonymous Oceania
I walk alone; the air is sweet,
The white road wanders to the sea,
I dream of those two little feet
That grew so tired in reaching me.
"Sunstroke" by Laurence Hope
We reach'd the foot, and found a rest
Beneath the trees' sweet shade,
Where Nature for her woodland guest
A flower-deck'd seat had made.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

In fact, I was only 4-years-old when they reached the brief height of success.
Jamestown's Ambler KO's anxiety disorder , reaches VHSCA baseball all-star game.
SHP boys can't be overlooked any longer after reaching finals.
She can be reached at
Wesley Muller can be reached at or 504.957.2694.
Reach Janese Silvey at 573-815-1705 or e-mail
Gundogdu couldn't be immediately reached for comment.
Apparently, I have reached the stage of my life where I have traded recklessness for reason.
HARPSWELL — The town has ended negotiations for a proposed aquaculture facility at Mitchell Field after the Board of Selectmen could not reach an agreement with the project's organizers.
In our Kansas district, less than half an inch of that reached the aquifer in a given year.
Reach Andrew Denney at 573-815-1719 or e-mail
He can be reached at via e-mail at
There have been a few rumors flying tonight that the Ravens might actually NOT control their own destiny for reaching the NFL playoffs.
There's a rumor spread about by scientists and songwriters that the days grow short as you reach September, November, and on through the winter months.
Mardy Fish had the reach to defeat Tomas Berdych and reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

In science:

The strongly connected component is the set of vertices from which vertex A can be reached and which can be reached from A.
Random graphs as models of networks
For vertex A to belong to a strongly connected component of size greater than one, there must be at least one other vertex that can both be reached from A and from which A can be reached.
Random graphs as models of networks
When this occurs, i.e., when its density parameter reaches ΩQ >∼ 0.5, the field slows down in its potential, and reaches asymptoticall y wQ = −1 (Steinhardt et al. 1999).
Cosmological parameters estimation in the Quintessence Paradigm
Indeed, in Figure 6 one can observe both the zero-slope part of the spectrum at x . xk and the trend of reaching the slope −1/4 for xk . x . xc ; the last feature is not fully developed when we stop our calculation but it is almost certain that η and ηz would reach slope −1/4 given enough time and mass range.
Dynamical evolution of planetesimals in protoplanetary disks
In the second scenario, the critical energy density is reached but the system of gluons is unable to reach thermalization.
Simple models of the contribution of intermediate state gluons to J\psi suppression at the CERN SPS