Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
streccan; akin to D.
straekke; cf. AS.
strec, strong, violent, G.
strackstraight; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to E.
To reach out; to extend; to put forth.
stretchforth his neck long and small.
I in conquest
To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line;
stretcha cord or rope
To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand;
To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly.
The ox hath therefore
stretchedhis yoke in vain.
To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain;
stretcha tendon or muscle
Awake, my soul,
To exaggerate; to extend too far;
stretchthe truth; to
They take up, one day, the most violent and
To be extended; to be drawn out in length or in breadth, or both; to spread; to reach;
as, the iron road.
stretchesacross the continent; the lake
stretchesover fifty square miles
As far as
To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs;
as, the lazy man yawns and.
To be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as elastic or ductile substances.
The inner membrane . . . because it would
stretchand yield, remained umbroken.
To strain the truth; to exaggerate;
as, a man apt to.
stretchin his report of facts
[Obs. or Colloq.]
To sail by the wind under press of canvas;
as, the ship.
stretchedto the eastward
Ham. Nav. Encyc.
an order to rowers to extend themselves forward in dipping the oar.
Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain;
stretchof the limbs; a
stretchof the imagination
stretchof arms the distant shore to gain.
Those put a lawful authority upon the
stretch, to the abuse of yower, under the color of prerogative.
A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time;
stretchof cultivated country.
But all of them left me a week at a
The extent to which anything may be stretched.
Quotations, in their utmost
stretch, can signify no more than that Luther lay under severe agonies of mind.
This is the utmost
stretchthat nature can.
The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board.
stretchof seams of coal
To be on the stretch,
to be obliged to use one's utmost powers.–
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To draw out to greater length; to extend in a line; as, to stretch a cord or a rope.
2.To extend in breadth; as, to stretch cloth.
3.To spread; to expand; as, to stretch the wings.
4.To reach; to extend.
Stretch thine hand to the poor.
5.To spread; to display; as, to stretch forth the heavens.
6.To draw or pull out in length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle.
7.To make tense; to strain.
So the stretchd cord the shackled dancer tries.
8.To extend mentally; as, to stretch the mind or thoughts.
9.To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch ones credit.
1.To be extended; to be drawn out in length or in breadth, or both. A wet hempen cord or cloth contracts; in drying, it stretches.
2.To be extended; to spread; as, a lake stretches over a hundred miles of earth. Lake Erie stretches from Niagara nearly to Huron. Hence,
3.To stretch to, is to reach.
4.To be extended or to bear extension without breaking, as elastic substances.
The inner membrane--because it would stretch and yield, remained unbroken.
5.To sally beyond the truth; to exaggerate. A man who is apt to stretch, has less credit than others.
6.In navigation, to sail; to direct a course. It is often understood to signify to sail under a great spread of canvas close hauled. In this it differs from stand, which implies no press of sail. We were standing to the east, when we saw a ship stretching to the southward.
7.To make violent efforts in running.
1.Extension in length or in breadth; reach; as a great stretch of wings.
2.Effort; struggle; strain.
Those put lawful authority upon the stretch to the abuse of power, under color of prerogative.
3.Force of body; straining.
By stretch of arms the distant shore to gain.
4.Utmost extent of meaning.
Quotations, in their utmost stretch, can signify no more than that Luther lay under severe agonies of mind.
5.Utmost reach of power.
This is the utmost stretch that nature can.
6.In sailing, a tack; the reach or extent of progress on one tack.
7.Course; direction; as the stretch of seams of coal.