Stretch Stretch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stretched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stretching}.] [OE. strecchen, AS. streccan; akin to D. strekken, G. strecken, OHG. strecchen, Sw. str["a]cka, Dan. str[ae]kke; cf. AS. str[ae]ck, strec, strong, violent, G. strack straight; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to E. strong. Cf. {Straight}.] 1. To reach out; to extend; to put forth. [1913 Webster]

And stretch forth his neck long and small. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

I in conquest stretched mine arm. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings. [1913 Webster]

4. To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly. [1913 Webster]

The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle. [1913 Webster]

Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve. --Doddridge. [1913 Webster]

6. To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch one's credit. [1913 Webster]

They take up, one day, the most violent and stretched prerogative. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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