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
Related Words for unreachableelusive, unavailable, faraway, insurmountable, distant, unattainable, impassable, impervious, aloof, away, beyond, far, far-off, impracticable, inapproachable, out-of-the-way, remote, unapproachable, unfeasible, unrealizable
Examples from the Web for unreachable
Contemporary Examples of 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
August 10, 2014
Despite repeated attempts, the army was unreachable for comment.Egypt’s Black Site Torture Camps
June 19, 2014
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
The phone is again off and unreachable, meaning investigators cannot trace its location.Missoni Family: Chance He’s Alive
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 9, 2013
Calabro is unreachable in protective custody and has no blog of his own with which to respond.Meet the Mafia’s First Blogger, Tommy Gioeli
March 30, 2012
Historical Examples of unreachable
The real, unknown part of myself, my unreachable soul, is in your eyes.Woman
I was aware of being wounded in some far, unreachable place.A Woman of Genius
To us, in those years, Europe seemed almost as remote and unreachable as the moon.The Story Girl
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Shakespeare here justifies the claim on his behalf to be placed alone and unreachable.More Pages from a Journal
Rather one is pushed from behind and drawn from in front to an ever unreachable goal.Italian Highways and Byways from a Motor Car
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