stretch (str ch) KEY
stretched, stretch·ing, stretch·es
- To lengthen, widen, or distend: stretched the sweater out of shape.
- To cause to extend from one place to another or across a given space: stretched the banner between two poles.
- To make taut; tighten: stretched the tarpaulin until it ripped.
- To reach or put forth; extend: stretched out his hand.
- To extend (oneself or one’s limbs, for example) to full length: stretched her calves before running.
- To extend (oneself) when lying down: she stretched herself out on the couch.
- To put to torture on the rack.
- To wrench or strain (a muscle, for example).
- To extend or enlarge beyond the usual or proper limits: stretch the meaning of a word.
- To subject to undue strain: to stretch one’s patience.
- To expand in order to fulfill a larger function: stretch a budget; stretch a paycheck.
- To increase the quantity of by admixture or dilution: stretch a meal by thinning the stew.
- To prolong: stretch out an argument.
- Informal To fell by a blow: stretched his opponent in the first round.
Even though in the process of editing my last manuscript I was doing a lot of taking away and the object was not to expand, I found that the exercise stretched me beyond where I had gone before.
How have you stretched yourself recently? Have you stretched yourself or have you been a limp rubber band?
Now excuse me while I beg someone for a massage. These muscles are sore!