Antonyms for stretch

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : strech
Phonetic Transcription : strɛtʃ

Definition of stretch

Origin :
  • Old English streccan, from Proto-Germanic *strakjanan (cf. Danish strække, Swedish sträcka, Old Frisian strekka, Old High German strecchan, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German strecken "to stretch"), perhaps a variant of the root of stark, or else from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain).
  • Meaning "to extend (the limbs or wings)" is from c.1200; that of "to lay out for burial" is from early 13c. To stretch one's legs "take a walk" is from c.1600. Meaning "to lengthen by force" first recorded late 14c.; figurative sense of "to enlarge beyond proper limits, exaggerate," is from 1550s. Stretch limo first attested 1973. Stretch marks is attested from 1960. Stretcher "canvas frame for carrying the sick or wounded" is first attested 1845.
  • noun expanse
  • noun period of time
  • verb extend, elongate
Example sentences :
  • Mesopotamia, therefore, meant a stretch of land "between the rivers."
  • Extract from : « Ancient Man » by Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • So this part of my restraint was doubtless a stretch of the authority given him.
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • If he were allowed to stretch out after the mare, what would the result be?
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • It seemed almost too great a stretch for even her imagination.
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • You were arrested in Buffalo, convicted, and served your stretch.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • Stretch yourself full-length in this arm-chair, and pretend to be dead.
  • Extract from : « The Imaginary Invalid » by Molire
  • Halfway up the stretch Allis was riding stirrup to stirrup with her father.
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser
  • He'll win the race in the stretch, an' there won't be many there to bother—they'll all be beat off.
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser
  • Dat's where our horse gits it; he's a stretch runner, he is.
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser
  • Hubert was preparing to stretch some material on another frame.
  • Extract from : « The Dream » by Emile Zola

Synonyms for stretch

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