If you stretch an amount of something or if it stretches, you make it last longer than it usually would by being careful and not wasting any of it. They're used to stretching their budgets During his senior year his earnings stretched far enough to buy an old car
When something soft or elastic stretches or is stretched, it becomes longer or bigger as well as thinner, usually because it is pulled. The cables are designed not to stretch Ease the pastry into the corners of the tin, making sure you don't stretch it
Something that stretches over an area or distance covers or exists in the whole of that area or distance. The procession stretched for several miles an artificial reef stretching the length of the coast. = extend
emphasis If you say that something is not true or possible by any stretch of the imagination, you are emphasizing that it is completely untrue or absolutely impossible. Her husband was not a womaniser by any stretch of the imagination
exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent a straightaway section of a racetrack the capacity for being stretched a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of highway"; "a stretch of clear water"
If something stretches from one time to another, it begins at the first time and ends at the second, which is longer than expected. a working day that stretches from seven in the morning to eight at night
If something stretches your money or resources, it uses them up so you have hardly enough for your needs. The drought there is stretching American resources Public expenditure was being stretched to the limit by having to support 3 million unemployed people
When you stretch, you put your arms or legs out straight and tighten your muscles. He yawned and stretched Try stretching your legs and pulling your toes upwards She arched her back and stretched herself. Stretch is also a noun. At the end of a workout spend time cooling down with some slow stretches. + stretching stretch·ing Make sure no awkward stretching is required
extension to or beyond the ordinary limit; "running at full stretch"; "by no stretch of the imagination"; "beyond any stretch of his understanding" exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent a straightaway section of a racetrack the capacity for being stretched a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of highway"; "a stretch of clear water" an unbroken period of time during which you do something; "there were stretches of boredom"; "he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary" extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; "Stretch your legs!"; "Extend your right arm above your head" extend one's body or limbs; "Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours" become longer by being stretched and pulled; "The fabric stretches" extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly; "Stretch the limits"; "stretch my patience"; "stretch the imagination" pull in opposite directions; "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack" lie down comfortably; "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass" occupy a large, elongated area; "The park stretched beneath the train line" easily stretched; "stretch hosiery
The position the pitcher is in when runners are on base The pitcher stands with the shoulder of the glove hand closest to home plate, the pivot foot on the rubber, and the other foot parallel to home base The feet are shoulder's width apart In the stretch, the pitcher checks the runner or runners on base and gets the sign for the pitch from the catcher before moving into the set position and delivering the pitch
approval If you say that a job or task stretches you, you mean that you like it because it makes you work hard and use all your energy and skills so that you do not become bored or achieve less than you should. I'm trying to move on and stretch myself with something different They criticised the quality of teaching, claiming pupils were not stretched enough. = push
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