• An Immense Serpent Stretched across the Road
    An Immense Serpent Stretched across the Road
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj stretch easily stretched "stretch hosiery"
    • adj stretch having an elongated seating area "a stretch limousine"
    • v stretch extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body "Stretch your legs!","Extend your right arm above your head"
    • v stretch extend one's body or limbs "Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours"
    • v stretch 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"
    • v stretch become longer by being stretched and pulled "The fabric stretches"
    • v stretch make long or longer by pulling and stretching "stretch the fabric"
    • v stretch corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones "adulterate liquor"
    • v stretch extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly "Stretch the limits","stretch my patience","stretch the imagination"
    • v stretch pull in opposite directions "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
    • v stretch lie down comfortably "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass"
    • v stretch extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length "Unfold the newspaper","stretch out that piece of cloth","extend the TV antenna"
    • v stretch occupy a large, elongated area "The park stretched beneath the train line"
    • n stretch the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
    • n stretch extension to or beyond the ordinary limit "running at full stretch","by no stretch of the imagination","beyond any stretch of his understanding"
    • n stretch exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
    • n stretch a straightaway section of a racetrack
    • n stretch the capacity for being stretched
    • n stretch a large and unbroken expanse or distance "a stretch of highway","a stretch of clear water"
    • n stretch an unbroken period of time during which you do something "there were stretches of boredom","he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten stretches and yawns in its basket while the sun shines outside A kitten stretches and yawns in its basket while the sun shines outside
The tiger stretches out in his cage with his friend the dog The tiger stretches out in his cage with his friend the dog

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Great Wall stretches for about 4,500 miles across North China
    • Stretch A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land. "A great stretch of cultivated country.""But all of them left me a week at a stretch ."
    • Stretch Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a stretch of the imagination. "By stretch of arms the distant shore to gain.""Those put a lawful authority upon the stretch , to the abuse of yower, under the color of prerogative."
    • Stretch Course; direction; as, the stretch of seams of coal.
    • Stretch The extent to which anything may be stretched. "Quotations, in their utmost stretch , can signify no more than that Luther lay under severe agonies of mind.""This is the utmost stretch that nature can."
    • Stretch (Naut) The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board.
    • Stretch To be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as elastic or ductile substances. "The inner membrane . . . because it would stretch and yield, remained umbroken."
    • Stretch To be extended; to be drawn out in length or in breadth, or both; to spread; to reach; as, the iron road stretches across the continent; the lake stretches over fifty square miles. "As far as stretcheth any ground."
    • Stretch To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings.
    • Stretch To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle. "Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve."
    • Stretch To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope.
    • Stretch To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch one's credit. "They take up, one day, the most violent and stretched prerogative."
    • Stretch To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the lazy man yawns and stretches .
    • Stretch To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly. "The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain."
    • Stretch To reach out; to extend; to put forth. "And stretch forth his neck long and small.""I in conquest stretched mine arm."
    • Stretch (Naut) To sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the ship stretched to the eastward.
    • Stretch To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The act of stretching and yawning is referred to as pandiculation
    • stretch To draw (out); pull (out).
    • stretch To draw out to full length; extend; expand; spread: as, to stretch one's self; to stretch the wings; to stretch one's legs; hence, sometimes, to tighten; make tense or taut.
    • stretch To extend, or cause to reach or extend, lengthwise, or between specified points: as, to stretch a rope from one point to another.
    • stretch To draw out or extend in any direction by the application of force; draw out by tensile stress: as, to stretch cloth; to stretch a rubber band beyond its strength.
    • stretch To distend or expand forcibly or violently; strain by the exercise of force; subject to stress, literally or figuratively.
    • stretch To extend or strain too far; impair by straining; do violence to; exaggerate: as, to stretch the truth.
    • stretch To exert; strain.
    • stretch To reach or hold out; put forth; extend.
    • stretch To cause to lie or fall extended at full length: as, to stretch an opponent on the ground by a blow.
    • stretch To hang.
    • stretch To extend; reach; be continuous over a distance; be drawn out in length or in breadth, or both; spread.
    • stretch To be extended or to bear extension without breaking, as elastic substances; attain greater length: literally or figuratively.
    • stretch To go beyond the truth; exaggerate.
    • stretch Nautical, to sail by the wind under all sail.
    • stretch To make violent efforts in running.
    • n stretch A stretching or straining, especially a stretching or straining beyond measure: as, a stretch of authority.
    • n stretch A state of tension; strain: as, to be on the stretch.
    • n stretch Reach; extent; scope.
    • n stretch A long tract; an extended or continued surface or area, relatively narrow; a reach; distance; sweep: as, a long stretch of country road; a great stretch of grassy land; a stretch of moorland.
    • n stretch One of the two straight sides of a race-course, as distinguished from the bend or curve at each end. The home-stretch is that part of the course which the contestant goes over after passing the last curve just before completing the race.
    • n stretch Nautical, the reach or extent of progress on one tack; a tack.
    • n stretch In weaving: The plot of ground on which a weaver stretches his warp.
    • n stretch Tho length of spun-yarn between the spindles and roller-beam, which is wound upon the spindles each time the carriage is run toward the roller-beam. Also called draw.
    • n stretch A single continued effort; one uninterrupted sitting, diet, shift, turn, or the like: as, to work ten hours at a stretch.
    • n stretch A year's imprisonment or punishment.
    • n stretch Course; direction: as, the stretch of seams of coal.
    • n stretch Stride; bound, as of a running animal.
    • n stretch The traverse of the spindle-carriage of a spinning-mule.
    • n stretch Capability of being stretched; elasticity; capacity for yielding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An ounce of gold can be stretched into a wire 50 miles long.
    • v.t Stretch strech to extend: to draw out: to expand: to reach out: to exaggerate, strain, or carry further than is right: to cause to lie at full length:
    • v.i Stretch to be drawn out: to be extended: to extend without breaking: to exaggerate
    • n Stretch act of stretching: effort: struggle: reach: extension: state of being stretched: utmost extent of meaning: course: one single uninterrupted sitting, turn, &c.:
    • v.t Stretch strech (slang) to hang
    • n Stretch (slang) a year's imprisonment
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  • Phaedrus
    “You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched.”
  • William Lilly
    William Lilly
    “Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.”
  • Albert Camus
    “Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.”
  • Sir Richard Steele
    “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch.”
  • Edgar F. Magnin
    Edgar F. Magnin
    “You are the one who can stretch your own horizon.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.”


Home stretch - The home stretch is the last part of something, like a journey, race or project.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. strecchen, AS. streccan,; akin to D. strekken, G. strecken, OHG. strecchen, Sw. sträcka, Dan. strække,; cf. AS. stræck, strec, strong, violent, G. strack, straight; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to E. strong,. Cf. Straight


In literature:

The elasticity of the makeshift policy was not yet fully stretched.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
The woman stretched her hands from under the cloak, clasping them.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
Now and then they got up and walked about to stretch their legs.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
Every now and then I stopped and stretched out my hand, but could feel nothing above me.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
They stretched out their arms to him, and we were thankful to see that he at length gained the raft in safety.
"Saved from the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Mihul stretched a little more for the next shot.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
The snowfields melt into mud and within days a jungle stretches high into the air.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
He only stretched towards the light he saw, as the plant in the cellar will stretch through the bars.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
Puget Sound was behind us and we had entered on that great sea that stretched northward to the Arctic barrens.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
It stretched here, it stretched there, it touched all horizons, vanishing beyond them in an amethyst haze.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston

In poetry:

Fell upon his knees to thank,
Loved and lauded there;
Stretched him on the mossy bank,
Fell asleep in prayer;
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
Lonely worlds that stretch away
As the sunset darkens
Lonely hearts at close of day
As the wanderer hearkens.
"Lonely Land" by Robert A Donaldson
And I am left to wonder, such
That I may stretch my hand,
To some still wearier traveler
In this same shadow land.
"Y. M. C. A. Founder. Sir Geo. Williams." by Frank Barbour Coffin
Thy mercy stretches o'er my head
The shadow of thy wings;
My heart rejoices in thine aid,
My tongue awakes and sings.
"Psalm 63 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Not a wave that stretches its arms,
And yearns to the breast of the shore,
Is ever the wave that came trusting,
And yearning, and loving, before.
"The Answer" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
`Nor will swain and his sweet, when the wain's in the shed,
And the shadows stretch long and dark,
Make tender tryst at your foot, and wed
Their names on your fluted bark.
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Wachusett's Colin Bennie heads down the stretch ahead of Jonathan Green of St John's to win varsity Class A race.
What is more, as both companies stretch beyond athletic shoes to sports apparel, Nike is emerging as the clear leader.
Egypt's economy stretches to breaking point .
(CBS) Stretching is supposed to help loosen your body, but can it cause you to lose body parts.
A 59-year-old woman was stretching during a Pilates class.
Del Valle's Ivan Rodriguez passed four runners down the stretch to take third place at the 4A Cross Country State Championships this weekend, earning the Bronze medal .
As local mixologists continue to stretch drinkers' boundaries, one challenge remains: scotch cocktails.
This stretch of the 405 Freeway near the Mulholland Drive bridge, seen in August 2011, will be closed this weekend.
Another stretch of pavement on Highway 29 buckled Thursday afternoon near Boyd.
Fair season is entering the home stretch, with Oregon's state fair staggering toward the finish line.
A good stretch for after a long sit.
Roadwork slated for stretch between Howard County line and Baltimore.
After blowout loss, Vikings face crossroad at midpoint of season as tough stretch looms.
As the morning fog lifts across Highway 1, the splendor of one of the last untamed stretches of California's coast comes into view.
This proposed $556 million, seven-mile stretch of parkway has gotten a lot of press lately, not because it’s a new idea —.

In science:

In this case, cell-wall stretching is the only mechanism of deformation.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
The second term corresponds to stretching deformation in the cell faces.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
Typically the eigenfunction decays as a stretched exponential, giving Eq. (7).
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
A nontrivial check of this idea is to compute the tension of a fundamental 2-brane It is given by T = eσ /l2 stretched across the extra dimension. p .
Bosonic M Theory
From upper to lower graphs, shape of ensemble stretch along unstable manifold as time flows.
Mechanism of synchronization in a random dynamical system