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Dictionary definition for: Stretch

1. (n) a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of highway" "a stretch of clear water"

2. (v) occupy a large, elongated area; "The park stretched beneath the train line"

3. (n) the act of physically reaching or thrusting out

4. (s) easily stretched; "stretch hosiery"

5. (v) extend one''s limbs or muscles, or the entire body; "Stretch your legs!" "Extend your right arm above your head"

6. (n) a straightaway section of a racetrack

7. (v) extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length; "Unfold the newspaper" "stretch out that piece of cloth" "extend the TV antenna"

8. (n) exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent

9. (v) become longer by being stretched and pulled; "The fabric stretches"

10. (n) extension to or beyond the ordinary limit; "running at full stretch" "by no stretch of the imagination" "beyond any stretch of his understanding"

11. (v) make long or longer by pulling and stretching; "stretch the fabric"

12. (v) lie down comfortably; "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass"

13. (n) an unbroken period of time during which you do something; "there were stretches of boredom" "he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary"

14. (v) pull in opposite directions; "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"

15. (n) the capacity for being stretched

16. (v) extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly; "Stretch the limits" "stretch my patience" "stretch the imagination"

17. (v) corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor"

18. (v) 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"

19. (v) extend one''s body or limbs; "Let''s stretch for a minute--we''ve been sitting here for over 3 hours"

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