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Adjective: stretched  strecht
  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"
Verb: stretch  strech
  1. Occupy a large, elongated area
    "The park stretched beneath the train line";
    - stretch along
     
  2. Extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
    "Stretch your legs!";
    - extend
     
  3. Make longer or of full length; remove folds by pulling
    "stretch out that piece of cloth";
    - unfold, stretch out, extend
     
  4. Become longer by being stretched and pulled
    "The fabric stretches"
     
  5. Make long or longer by pulling and stretching
    "stretch the fabric";
    - elongate
     
  6. Lie down comfortably
    "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass";
    - stretch out
     
  7. Pull in opposite directions
    "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
     
  8. Extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly
    "Stretch the limits"; "stretch my patience"; "stretch the imagination"
     
  9. Corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
    - load, adulterate, dilute, debase
     
  10. Increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
    "stretch the soup by adding some more cream";
    - extend
     
  11. Extend one's body or limbs
    "Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours";
    - stretch out

See also: extended, flexible, flexile

Type of: be, broaden, change form, change shape, corrupt, deform, draw, extend, force, grow, increase, lengthen, lie, lie down, move, pull, spoil, strain, tense, tense up, widen

Antonym: shrink

Encyclopedia: Stretched

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