verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to sail on a reach.
- to sail with the wind forward of the beam but so as not to require sailing close-hauled.
Origin of reach
Synonyms for reach
Examples from the Web for reachable
Contemporary Examples of reachable
With that said, Paul had the right idea: There is a reachable constituency for conservative politics in the black community.The RNC Celebrates MLK Jr. and How Republicans Can Win Black Voters
August 27, 2013
Historical Examples of reachable
Neither set of followers was reachable by the other propaganda.Sinn Fein
P. S. O'Hegarty
This was the only reachable place that had looked like game country.My Attainment of the Pole
Frederick A. Cook
On the contrary, they are most widely known throughout the store; most reachable, both within their offices and without.The Romance of a Great Store
He waited temptingly in reachable places and even lured one of his enemies to attack him.Tam O' The Scoots
He pats a building at its reachable point—a stone balustrade at a step corner.Somehow Good
William de Morgan
Word Origin for reach
1520s, from reach (v.); earliest use is of stretches of water. Meaning "extent of reaching" is from 1540s; that of "act of reaching" is from 1560s.
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?
[Browning, "Andrea del Sarto"]
Old English ræcan, reccan "reach out, stretch out, extend, hold forth," also "succeed in touching, succeed in striking; address, speak to," also "offer, present, give, grant," from West Germanic *raikjan "stretch out the hand" (cf. Old Frisian reka, Middle Dutch reiken, Dutch reiken, Old High German and German reichen), from Proto-Germanic *raikijanau, perhaps from PIE root *reig- "to stretch out" (cf. Sanskrit rjyati "he stretches himself," riag "torture" (by racking); Greek oregein "to reach, extend;" Lithuanian raižius "to stretch oneself;" Old Irish rigim "I stretch").
Shakespeare uses the now-obsolete past tense form raught (Old English ræhte). Meaning "arrive at" is early 14c.; that of "succeed in influencing" is from 1660s. Related: Reached; reaching. Reach-me-down "ready-made" (of clothes) is recorded from 1862, from notion of being on the rack in a finished state.
In addition to the idiom beginning with reach
- reach for the sky
- boardinghouse reach
- get to (reach) first base
- in reach