stretch n

see stretch, v.

  1. Extension; unfolding; reaching out.

stretch [-ed] v

OE 'strait, rigid, stiff, to have extension, spread out, severe, harsh, unconnected'.

  1. Grow; unfurl; elevate; move higher; lift upward towards the light; [fig.] stand on tiptoe.
  2. Extend; draw out; pull to greater length; [fig.] stress; make tense.
  3. Mature; develop; expand spiritually.