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

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