(noun, adjective, verb)


1. having an elongated seating area

- a stretch limousine

Similar word(s): long

2. easily stretched

- stretch hosiery

Similar word(s): elastic


1. a large and unbroken expanse or distance

- a stretch of highway

- a stretch of clear water

Definition categories: object, expanse

2. the act of physically reaching or thrusting out

Similar word(s): reach, reaching

Definition categories: act, motility, motion, move, movement

3. a straightaway section of a racetrack

Definition categories: man–made, straight, straightaway

4. exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent

Similar word(s): stretching

Definition categories: act, exercise, exercising, workout

5. extension to or beyond the ordinary limit

- running at full stretch

- by no stretch of the imagination

- beyond any stretch of his understanding

Definition categories: act, extension

6. an unbroken period of time during which you do something

- there were stretches of boredom

- he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary

Similar word(s): stint

Definition categories: time, continuance, duration

7. the capacity for being stretched

Similar word(s): stretchability, stretchiness

Definition categories: attribute, elasticity, snap

Sentences with stretch as a noun:

- I was right in the middle of a stretch when the phone rang.

- To say crossing the street was brave was quite a stretch.

- That rubber band has quite a bit of stretch.

- It's a bit of a stretch to call Boris Karloff a comedian.

- It was an easy trip except for the last stretch, which took forever.

- It's a tough stretch of road in the winter, especially without chains.

- He did a 7-year stretch in jail.

- There is a grand stretch in the evenings.


1. occupy a large, elongated area

- The park stretched beneath the train line

Definition categories: stative, be

2. extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body

- Stretch your legs!

Similar word(s): extend

Definition categories: body, strain, tense

3. extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length

- stretch out that piece of cloth

Similar word(s): extend, unfold

Definition categories: motion, deform

4. become longer by being stretched and pulled

- The fabric stretches

Definition categories: change, grow

5. make long or longer by pulling and stretching

- stretch the fabric

Similar word(s): elongate

Definition categories: change, lengthen

6. lie down comfortably

- To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass

Definition categories: motion, lie

7. pull in opposite directions

- During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack

Definition categories: contact, draw, pull

8. extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly

- Stretch the limits

- stretch my patience

- stretch the imagination

Definition categories: change, broaden, extend, widen

9. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

Similar word(s): adulterate, debase, dilute, load

Definition categories: change, corrupt, spoil

10. increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance

- stretch the soup by adding some more cream

Similar word(s): extend

Definition categories: change, increase

11. extend one's body or limbs

- Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours

Definition categories: body, move

Sentences with stretch as a verb:

- I stretched the rubber band until it almost broke.

- The rubber band stretched almost to the breaking point.

- First, stretch the skin over the frame of the drum.

- I managed to stretch my coffee supply a few more days.

- To say crossing the street was brave is stretching the meaning of "brave" considerably.

- The beach stretches from Cresswell to Amble.

- Cats stretch with equal ease and agility beyond the point that breaks a man on the rack.

- I always stretch my muscles before exercising.

- His mustache stretched all the way to his sideburns.

- a man apt to stretch in his report of facts