Definition for STRETCH

STRETCH, v.t. [Sax. streccan; D. strekken; G. strecken; Dan. strekker; sträcka; probably formed on the root of reach, right, L. rego, &c.]

  1. To dress out to greater length; to extend in a line; as, to stretch a cord or a rope.
  2. To extend in breadth; as, to stretch cloth.
  3. To spread; to expand; as, to stretch the wings.
  4. To reach; to extend. Stretch thine hand to the poor. – Ecculus.
  5. To spread; to display; as, to stretch forth the heavens. – Tillotson.
  6. To draw or pull out in length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle.
  7. To make tense; to strain. So the stretch'd cord the shackled dancer tries. – Smith.
  8. To extend mentally; as, to stretch the mind or thoughts.
  9. To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch one's credit.

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