stretch

stretch
[[t]strɛtʃ[/t]]
v. t.
1) to spread out fully:
to stretch oneself out on the ground[/ex]
2) to extend to the limit:
stretched out her arms[/ex]
3) to cause to extend from one point or place to another:
to stretch a rope across a road[/ex]
4) to draw tight or taut:
to stretch the strings of a violin[/ex]
5) to distend or enlarge by tension:
to stretch a rubber band[/ex]
6) to draw out, extend, or enlarge unduly:
The jacket was stretched at the elbows[/ex]
7) to extend, force, or make serve beyond the normal or proper limits; strain:
to stretch the facts[/ex]
8) to exert (oneself) to the utmost
9) to recline at full length:
to stretch out on a couch[/ex]
10) to extend one's limbs or body
11) to extend over a distance:
The forest stretches for miles[/ex]
12) to extend in time:
His memory stretches back to his early childhood[/ex]
13) to become stretched without breaking
14) an act or instance of stretching
15) the state of being stretched
16) a continuous length:
a stretch of meadow[/ex]
17) spo the backstretch or homestretch of a racetrack
18) an extent in time:
a stretch of ten years[/ex]
20) a term of imprisonment
21) tex (of yarn) having high elasticity
22) tex made from such yarn: stretch denim
23) trs longer than standard:
stretch limousine[/ex]
Etymology: bef. 900; ME strecchen (v.), OE streccan, c. OFrisstrekka, MD, MLG strecken, OHG strecchan stretch′a•ble, adj. stretch`a•bil′i•ty, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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