Complete Definition of "stretch"

English

Pronunciation
audio|en-us-stretch.ogg|Audio (US)
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɛtʃ|-ɛtʃ

Verb
en-verb|stret|ch|es

  1. transitive To lengthen by pulling.

#: I stretched the rubber band until it almost broke.

  1. transitive To pull tight.

#: First, stretch the skin over the frame of the drum.

  1. transitive To get more use than expected from a limited resource.

#: I managed to stretch my coffee supply a few more days.

  1. transitive To try to make too much of.

#: To say crossing the street was brave is stretching the meaning of "brave" considerably.

  1. intransitive To lengthen when pulled.

#: The rubber band stretched almost to the breaking point.

  1. intransitive To extend one’s limbs or body in order to stretch the muscles.

#: I woke up, yawned and stretched.

Translations
trans-top|lengthen by pulling
Arabic: ARchar|تمدد unicode|(tamáddada)
Chinese: 伸張, 伸张 (shēnzhāng)
Dutch: strekken
Esperanto: streĉi
Finnish: venyttää
French: étendre
German: strecken
Hungarian: kinyújtani, kifeszíteni
Italian: tendere
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Japanese: 伸ばす (のばす, nobasu)
Korean: 당기다 (danggida)
Old English: þennan
Portuguese: esticar
Russian: вытягивать (vytjágivat’)
Spanish: estirar
Swedish: sträcka
Telugu: సాగదీయు (saagadeeyu)
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trans-top|pull tight
Finnish: pingottaa, venyttää
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Korean: 당기다 (danggida)
Old English: þennan
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trans-top|get more than expected from a limited resource
Finnish: venyttää
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German: strecken
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trans-top|try to make too much of
Finnish: liioitella
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trans-top|lengthen when pulled
Finnish: venyä
Korean: 당기다 (danggida)
trans-mid
Spanish: estirarse
Telugu: సాగు (saagu)
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trans-top|extend one’s limbs or body in order to stretch the muscles
Finnish: venytellä
French: distendre
Korean: 뻗다 (ppeodda, ppeot-)
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Portuguese: espreguiçar-se
Telugu: ఒళ్ళు విరుచుకొను (oLLu viruchukonu)
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Noun
en-noun|es

  1. 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.

  1. The ability to lengthen when pulled.

#: That rubber band has quite a bit of stretch.

  1. A course of thought which similarly diverts from 'straight' logic
  2. A segment of a journey or route.

#: It was an easy trip except for the last stretch, which took forever.

  1. baseball A quick pitching delivery used when runners are on base where the pitcher slides his leg instead of lifting it.
  2. 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.
  3. A length of time

#:He did a 7-year stretch in jail.

Translations
trans-top|act of stretching
Finnish: venyttely (stretching body), liioittelu (stretching eg. truth)
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trans-top|ability to lengthen when pulled
Dutc: rek m
Finnish: kimmoisuus, venyvyys
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trans-top|segment of a journey or route
Finnish: osuus
German: Strecke f
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Spanish: trecho
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to be checked
ttbc|Maori: taronga

Related terms
by a long stretch
cat stretch
outstretch
overstretch
seventh inning stretch
stretchable
stretch limo
stretch of the imagination
stretch mark
stretch out
stretch pants
stretcher
stretchy

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