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
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
Stretch fabric is soft and elastic and stretches easily. stretch fabrics such as Lycra. stretch cotton swimsuits
To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the lazy man yawns and stretches
extend one's body or limbs; "Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours"
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
extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; "Stretch your legs!"; "Extend your right arm above your head"
A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land
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"
To be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as elastic or ductile substances
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
A stretch of road, water, or land is a length or area of it. It's a very dangerous stretch of road
To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings
(n) the degree to which a material can accommodate deforming tension; (v) the tensioning of screen printing fabric preparatory to securing it to the printing frame, or by self-stretching frame
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
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
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
corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor"
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
Any of a series of red, irregular stripes on the surface of the skin caused by rapid growth of the tissues lying just underneath. They usually appear as a result of pregnancy, puberty or obesity, but can also be caused by rapid muscle growth
A form of physical exercise in which a specific skeletal muscle (or muscle group) is deliberately elongated to its fullest length in order to improve the muscle's felt elasticity and reaffirm comfortable muscle tone
In extrusion: straightening an aluminum member by pulling An average stretch increases the length by about one-half of one percent, and produces correspondingly a slight decrease in the cross-sectional dimensions, called stretch-down
In the form on which they are drawn from the spinneret, man-made fibres are not ready for processing They only receive their essential textile properties - such as strength, elasticity, extensibility - through the stretching process In unstretched fibres, the very long macromolecules are jumbled up The stretching process aligns them with the axis of the fibre
Any therapeutic maneuver designed to elongate shortened soft tissue structures and thereby increase flexibility Subluxation - Partial dislocation of a joint The term usually implies that the joint can return to its normal position without formal reduction
(v) A modification technique that changes the location of individual points or groups of connected points of an object Stretching changes the geometry but not the topology of the polygon or face of the solid If this technique is used on a 3-D solid, it is sometimes referred to as tweaking
[ 'strech ] (verb.) before 12th century. From Middle English strecchen, from Old English streċċan (“to stretch, hold out, extend, spread out, prostrate”), from Proto-Germanic *strakjanan, *strakkijanan (“to stretch, make taut or tight”), from Proto-Indo-European *streg-, *treg- (“stiff, rigid”). Cognate with Dutch strekken (“to stretch, straighten”), German strecken (“to stretch, straighten, elongate”), Danish strække (“to stretch”), Swedish sträcka (“to stretch”), Dutch strak (“taut, tight”). More at stark.
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