stretch
noun.
a large and unbroken expanse or distance
a stretch of highway|a stretch of clear water
noun.
the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
Synonym: reach, reaching
noun.
a straightaway section of a racetrack
noun.
exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
Synonym: stretching
noun.
extension to or beyond the ordinary limit
running at full stretch|by no stretch of the imagination|beyond any stretch of his understanding
noun.
an unbroken period of time during which you do something
there were stretches of boredom|he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary
Synonym: stint
noun.
the capacity for being stretched
verb.
occupy a large, elongated area
The park stretched beneath the train line
Synonym: stretch along
verb.
extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
Stretch your legs!|Extend your right arm above your head
Synonym: extend
verb.
extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
Unfold the newspaper|stretch out that piece of cloth|extend the TV antenna
verb.
become longer by being stretched and pulled
The fabric stretches
verb.
make long or longer by pulling and stretching
stretch the fabric
Synonym: elongate
verb.
lie down comfortably
To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass
Synonym: stretch out
verb.
pull in opposite directions
During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack
verb.
extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly
Stretch the limits|stretch my patience|stretch the imagination
verb.
corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
adulterate liquor
verb.
increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
stretch the soup by adding some more cream|extend the casserole with a little rice
Synonym: extend
verb.
extend one's body or limbs
Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours
Synonym: stretch out
adj.
having an elongated seating area
a stretch limousine
adj.
easily stretched
stretch hosiery
Antonym: shrink