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.
v 1: 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,
2: lie down comfortably; "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out
on the grass" [syn: stretch]
3: thrust or extend out; "He held out his hand"; "point a
finger"; "extend a hand"; "the bee exserted its sting"
[syn: exsert, put out, extend, hold out, stretch
4: extend one's body or limbs; "Let's stretch for a
minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours" [syn: stretch]
5: stretch (the neck) so as to see better; "The women craned
their necks to see the President drive by" [syn: crane]