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4 definitions found
 for Stretching
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.
     Straight.]
     1. To reach out; to extend; to put forth.
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              And stretch forth his neck long and small.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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              I in conquest stretched mine arm.     --Shak.
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     2. To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a
        straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope.
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     3. To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as,
        to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings.
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     4. To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly.
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              The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain.
                                                    --Shak.
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     5. To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to
        stretch a tendon or muscle.
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              Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve.  --Doddridge.
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     6. To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the
        truth; to stretch one's credit.
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              They take up, one day, the most violent and
              stretched prerogative.                --Burke.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stretching \Stretch"ing\,
     a. & n. from Stretch, v.
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     Stretching course (Masonry), a course or series of
        stretchers. See Stretcher, 2. --Britton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  stretching
      n 1: act of expanding by lengthening or widening
      2: exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their
         full extent [syn: stretch, stretching]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  102 Moby Thesaurus words for "stretching":
     aggrandizement, amplification, ballyhoo, big talk, bloat,
     bloatedness, bloating, blowing up, breaking point, burlesque,
     caricature, diastole, dilatation, dilation, distension, doziness,
     dropsy, drowsiness, edema, elongation, enhancement, enlargement,
     exaggerating, exaggeration, excess, exorbitance, expansion,
     extension, extravagance, extreme, extreme tension, flatulence,
     flatulency, flatus, gassiness, grandiloquence, heaviness,
     heightening, huckstering, hyperbole, hyperbolism, inflation,
     inordinacy, intumescence, languor, lengthening, lethargy,
     magnification, meteorism, oscitancy, oscitation, overdistension,
     overdrawing, overemphasis, overestimation, overexpansion,
     overextension, overkill, overstatement, overstrain, overstraining,
     overstretching, pandiculation, prodigality, production,
     profuseness, prolongation, protraction, puff, puffery, puffiness,
     puffing, puffing up, sensationalism, sleepiness, snapping point,
     somnolence, somnolency, strain, straining, stretch, stringing out,
     superlative, swell, swellage, swelling, swollenness, tall talk,
     tension, touting, travesty, tumefaction, tumescence, tumidity,
     tumidness, turgescence, turgidity, turgidness, tympanism, tympany,
     windiness, yawning
  
  

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