stretch

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To extend one’s limbs or another part of the body in order to improve the elasticity of one's muscles

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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Cats stretch with equal ease and agility beyond the point that breaks a man on the rack.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

Additional definitions for 'stretch':

stretchTo lengthen by pulling.
stretchTo lengthen when pulled.
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 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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