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stretch

To lengthen when pulled.

Etymology:

  • From Middle English strecchen, from Old English streċċan, from Proto-Germanic *strakjaną, *strakkijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *treg-, *streg-, *treg-. Cognate with West Frisian strekke, Dutch strekken, German strecken, Danish strække, Swedish sträcka, Dutch strak, Albanian shtriqem. More at stark.
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The rubber band stretched almost to the breaking point.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

Additional definitions for 'stretch':

stretchTo lengthen by pulling.
stretchTo pull tight.
stretchTo get more use than expected from a limited resource.
stretchTo make inaccurate by exaggeration.
stretchTo extend physically, especially from limit point to limit point.
stretchTo extend one’s limbs or another part of the body in order to improve the elasticity of one's muscles
stretchTo extend to a limit point
stretchTo increase.
stretchTo stretch the truth; to exaggerate.
stretchTo sail by the wind under press of canvas.
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