[ verb oh-ver-strech; noun oh-ver-strech, oh-ver-strech ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈstrɛtʃ; noun ˌoʊ vərˈstrɛtʃ, ˈoʊ vərˌstrɛtʃ /

verb (used with object)

to stretch excessively.
to stretch or extend over.


an act or instance of overstretching.

Origin of overstretch

1300–50; Middle English overstrecchen; see over-, stretch
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for overstretch

British Dictionary definitions for overstretch


/ (ˌəʊvəˈstrɛtʃ) /

verb (tr)

to make excessive demands or put excessive pressure on (oneself, finances, etc)
to stretch (muscles or limbs) too much or too hard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for overstretch


[ ō′vər-strĕch ]


To stretch one's body or muscles to the point of strain or injury.
To stretch or extend over.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.