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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Reach, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reached (Raught, the old preterit, is obsolete); p. pr. & vb. n. Reaching.]
 1. To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like.
 Her tresses yellow, and long straughten,
 Unto her heeles down they raughten.   --Rom. of R.
    Reach hither thy hand and thrust it into my side.   --John xx. 27.
 Fruit trees, over woody, reached too far
 Their pampered boughs.   --Milton.
 2. Hence, to deliver by stretching out a member, especially the hand; to give with the hand; to pass to another; to hand over; as, to reach one a book.
    He reached me a full cup.   --2 Esd. xiv. 39.
 3. To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; to extend some part of the body, or something held by one, so as to touch, strike, grasp, or the like; as, to reach an object with the hand, or with a spear.
 O patron power, . . . thy present aid afford,
 Than I may reach the beast.   --Dryden.
 4. To strike, hit, or touch with a missile; as, to reach an object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell.
 5. Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as.
    If these examples of grown men reach not the case of children, let them examine.   --Locke.
 6. To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent; as, his land reaches the river.
 Thy desire . . . leads to no excess
 That reaches blame.   --Milton.
 7. To arrive at; to come to; to get as far as.
    Before this letter reaches your hands.   --Pope.
 8. To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to.
    The best account of the appearances of nature which human penetration can reach, comes short of its reality.   --Cheyne.
 9. To understand; to comprehend. [Obs.]
    Do what, sir? I reach you not.   --Beau. & Fl.
 10. To overreach; to deceive. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 reaching
      n 1: the act of physically reaching or thrusting out [syn: reach,
            stretch]
      2: accomplishment of an objective [syn: arrival]