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
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
A carpet installation term for the give in carpet when it is pulled over pad onto tackless strips; properly performed with a power-stretcher
A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land
A quick pitching delivery used when runners are on base where the pitcher slides his leg instead of lifting it
A carpet installation term for the give in carpet when it is pulled over pad onto tackless strips
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"
n a form of shoot where one wrestler dominates rather than injures the other as a proof of personal superiority
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"
corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor"
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
A stretch of time is a period of time. after an 18-month stretch in the army He would study for eight to ten hours at a stretch
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
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
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