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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Stretch \Stretch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stretched; p. pr. & vb.
n. Stretching.] [OE. strecchen, AS. streccan; akin to D.
strekken, G. strecken, OHG. strecchen, Sw. str[aum]cka, Dan.
straekke; cf. AS. straeck, strec, strong, violent, G. strack
straight; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to E. strong. Cf.
1. To reach out; to extend; to put forth.
And stretch forth his neck long and small.
I in conquest stretched mine arm. --Shak.
2. To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a
straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope.
3. To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as,
to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings.
4. To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly.
The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain.
5. To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to
stretch a tendon or muscle.
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve. --Doddridge.
6. To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the
truth; to stretch one's credit.
They take up, one day, the most violent and
stretched prerogative. --Burke.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: (of muscles) relieved of stiffness by stretching; "well-
stretched muscles are less susceptible to injury"
2: extended or spread over a wide area or distance; "broad
fields lay stretched on both sides of us"
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
50 Moby Thesaurus words for "stretched":
aggrandized, amplified, ballyhooed, disproportionate, dragged out,
drawn, drawn out, elongated, exaggerated, excessive, exorbitant,
extended, extravagant, extreme, grandiloquent, high-flown,
hyperbolic, inflated, inordinate, lengthened, magnified, overdone,
overdrawn, overemphasized, overemphatic, overestimated, overgreat,
overlarge, overpraised, oversold, overstated, overstressed,
overwrought, prodigal, profuse, prolongated, prolonged, protracted,
puffed, pulled, spun out, straggling, strained, stretched out,
strung out, superlative, taut, tense, tight, touted
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