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.
- rea silvia,
- reach for the sky,
- reach rod,
- reaching jib
Origin of reach
Examples from the Web for unreachable
We may yearn for them but they are unreachable now, left in a past that seems almost to belong to a distant planet.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder|Clive Irving|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite repeated attempts, the army was unreachable for comment.
He was “unreachable” and believed to be living in Jakarta, Indonesia, according to the Grosseto court clerk.Costa Concordia Captain: I’m A Scapegoat For Carnival Cruise Lines|Barbie Latza Nadeau|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The phone is again off and unreachable, meaning investigators cannot trace its location.
Calabro is unreachable in protective custody and has no blog of his own with which to respond.
He yearned to drive her endlessly toward that unreachable perimeter of sky.Where the Blue Begins|Christopher Morley
I was aware of being wounded in some far, unreachable place.A Woman of Genius|Mary Austin
He stood behind a steel network of banks and lawyers and anonymities, unreachable.The Secret House|Edgar Wallace
To us, in those years, Europe seemed almost as remote and unreachable as the moon.The Story Girl|Lucy Maud Montgomery
It is difficult to keep the core in place, since it is unreachable, being placed in the interior of the bobbin.
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