stretch /ˈstrɛʧ/ 及物動詞
Stretch v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stretched p. pr. & vb. n. Stretching.]
1. To reach out; to extend; to put forth.
And stretch forth his neck long and small. --Chaucer.
I in conquest stretched mine arm. --Shak.
2. To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope.
3. To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings.
4. To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly.
The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain. --Shak.
5. To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle.
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve. --Doddridge.
6. To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch one's credit.
They take up, one day, the most violent and stretched prerogative. --Burke.
Stretch, v. i.
1. 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.
As far as stretcheth any ground. --Gower.
2. To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the lazy man yawns and stretches.
3. To be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as elastic or ductile substances.
The inner membrane . . . because it would stretch and yield, remained umbroken. --Boyle.
4. To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts. [Obs. or Colloq.]
5. Naut. To sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the ship stretched to the eastward.
Stretch out, an order to rowers to extend themselves forward in dipping the oar.
1. Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a stretch of the imagination.
By stretch of arms the distant shore to gain. --Dryden.
Those put a lawful authority upon the stretch, to the abuse of yower, under the color of prerogative. --L'Estrange.
2. A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land.
A great stretch of cultivated country. --W. Black.
But all of them left me a week at a stretch. --E. Eggleston.
3. 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. --Atterbury.
This is the utmost stretch that nature can. --Granville.
4. Naut. The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board.
5. Course; direction; as, the stretch of seams of coal.
To be on the stretch, to be obliged to use one's utmost powers.
Home stretch. See under Home, a.
adj 1: having an elongated seating area; "a stretch limousine"
2: easily stretched; "stretch hosiery"
n 1: a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of
highway"; "a stretch of clear water"
2: the act of physically reaching or thrusting out [syn: reach,
3: a straightaway section of a racetrack
4: exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their
full extent [syn: stretching]
5: extension to or beyond the ordinary limit; "running at full
stretch"; "by no stretch of the imagination"; "beyond any
stretch of his understanding"
6: an unbroken period of time during which you do something;
"there were stretches of boredom"; "he did a stretch in
the federal penitentiary" [syn: stint]
7: the capacity for being stretched [syn: stretchiness, stretchability]
v 1: occupy a large, elongated area; "The park stretched beneath
the train line" [syn: stretch along]
2: extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; "Stretch
your legs!"; "Extend your right arm above your head" [syn:
3: extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length;
"Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth";
"extend the TV antenna" [syn: unfold, stretch out, extend]
4: become longer by being stretched and pulled; "The fabric
stretches" [ant: shrink]
5: make long or longer by pulling and stretching; "stretch the
fabric" [syn: elongate]
6: lie down comfortably; "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out
on the grass" [syn: stretch out]
7: pull in opposite directions; "During the Inquisition, the
torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
8: extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly; "Stretch the
limits"; "stretch my patience"; "stretch the imagination"
9: corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or
inferior substance; often by replacing valuable
ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor" [syn:
adulterate, dilute, debase]
10: 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" [syn: extend]
11: extend one's body or limbs; "Let's stretch for a
minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours" [syn: stretch