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·ing a. & n. from Stretch, v.
Stretching course Masonry, a course or series of stretchers. See Stretcher, 2. --Britton.
adj : extending far; "beyond the misty gray of the rain he saw the
stretching hutment"; "wide-spreading plains" [syn: stretching(a),
n 1: act of expanding by lengthening or widening
2: exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their
full extent [syn: stretch]