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.
adj 1: (of muscles) relieved of stiffness by stretching;
"well-stretched muscles are less susceptible to
2: (of the body) extended to full length; "he lay stretched out
on the bed"; "stretched her calves before running" [syn: stretched
3: extended or spread over a wide area or distance; "broad
fields lay stretched on both sides of us"