stretch (

     adj 1: having an elongated seating area; "a stretch limousine"
            [syn: stretch(a)]
     2: easily stretched; "stretch hosiery"
     n 1: a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of
          highway"; "a stretch of clear water"
     2: the act of physically reaching or thrusting out [syn: reach,
     3: (racing) a straightaway section of a racetrack
     4: exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their
        full extent [syn: stretching]
     5: extension to or beyond the ordinary limit; "running at full
        stretch"; "by no stretch of the imagination"; "beyond any
        stretch of his understanding"
     6: an unbroken period of time during which you do something;
        "there were stretches of boredom"; "he did a stretch in
        the federal penitentiary" [syn: stint]
     7: the capacity for being stretched [syn: stretchiness, stretchability]
     v 1: occupy a large, elongated area; "The park stretched beneath
          the train line" [syn: stretch along]
     2: extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; "Stretch
        your legs!" "Extend your right arm above your head" [syn:
     3: extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length;
        "Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth";
        "extend the TV antenna" [syn: unfold, stretch out, extend]
     4: become longer by being stretched and pulled; "The fabric
        stretches" [ant: shrink]
     5: make long or longer by pulling and stretching; "stretch the
        fabric" [syn: elongate]
     6: lie down comfortably; "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out
        on the grass" [syn: 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; "adulterate liquor" [syn:
        adulterate, dilute, debase]
     10: increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance;
         "stretch the soup by adding some more cream"; "extend the
         casserole with a little rice" [syn: extend]
     11: extend one's body or limbs; "Let's stretch for a
         minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours" [syn: {stretch