verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of stretch
Synonyms for stretch
Antonyms for stretch
Related Words for stretchedpull, draw, run, widen, reach, swell, develop, cover, lengthen, strain, spread, unfold, go, span, open, grow, expand, fill, distend, bridge
Examples from the Web for stretched
Contemporary Examples of stretched
In other words, the Air Force is saying that its drone force has been stretched to its limits.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
The “stretched” cabins in new 737s and A320s transform their economics.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
I stripped down to my gym shorts and stretched out on my cot.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Today the hard power part of our war effort is stretched across Africa and Asia.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
November 9, 2014
The family had grown up dirt-poor, sharecropping the 20,000 acres of cotton that stretched out below Sand Mountain.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
Historical Examples of stretched
He sat down in a chair, and stretched out his legs, with an air of being at home.Brave and Bold
Round this a piece of leather is stretched and dressed with emery.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
The man was stretched on the pavement brutishly drunk and dead to the world.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
But before he knew, Mark had stretched his arms to Hester, and was out of his into hers.
But she stretched out her arms to him, and drew him to her bosom.
- to make a concession or exception not usually made
- to exaggerate
- capacity for being stretched, as in some garments
- (as modifier)stretch pants
- with some difficulty; by making a special effort
- if really necessary or in extreme circumstances
- at one time
Word Origin for stretch
Old English streccan, from Proto-Germanic *strakjanan (cf. Danish strække, Swedish sträcka, Old Frisian strekka, Old High German strecchan, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German strecken "to stretch"), perhaps a variant of the root of stark, or else from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain).
Meaning "to extend (the limbs or wings)" is from c.1200; that of "to lay out for burial" is from early 13c. To stretch one's legs "take a walk" is from c.1600. Meaning "to lengthen by force" first recorded late 14c.; figurative sense of "to enlarge beyond proper limits, exaggerate," is from 1550s. Stretch limo first attested 1973. Stretch marks is attested from 1960. Stretcher "canvas frame for carrying the sick or wounded" is first attested 1845.
1540s, "act of stretching," from stretch (v.); meaning "unbroken continuance of some activity" is first recorded 1680s; meaning "straightaway of a race course" (e.g. home stretch) is recorded from 1841.
In addition to the idioms beginning with stretch
- stretch a point
- stretch one's legs
- at a stretch
- by any stretch