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for stretch out
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Stretch \Stretch\, v. i.
1. To be extended; to be drawn out in length or in breadth,
or both; to spread; to reach; as, the iron road stretches
across the continent; the lake stretches over fifty square
As far as stretcheth any ground. --Gower.
2. To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the
lazy man yawns and stretches.
3. To be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as
elastic or ductile substances.
The inner membrane . . . because it would stretch
and yield, remained umbroken. --Boyle.
4. To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to
stretch in his report of facts. [Obs. or Colloq.]
5. (Naut.) To sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the
ship stretched to the eastward. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
Stretch out, an order to rowers to extend themselves
forward in dipping the oar.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
v 1: 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, stretch
2: lie down comfortably; "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out
on the grass" [syn: stretch, stretch out]
3: thrust or extend out; "He held out his hand"; "point a
finger"; "extend a hand"; "the bee exserted its sting" [syn:
exsert, stretch out, put out, extend, hold out,
4: extend one's body or limbs; "Let's stretch for a minute--
we've been sitting here for over 3 hours" [syn: stretch,
5: stretch (the neck) so as to see better; "The women craned
their necks to see the President drive by" [syn: crane,
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
103 Moby Thesaurus words for "stretch out":
adjourn, be lengthy, be prolonged, belong, carry, carry out,
chatter, continue, cover, crane, dawdle, defer, delay, drag out,
draw, draw out, dwell on, elongate, encompass, environ, extend,
extend out, fill out, go, go out, hang fire, hang up, hold,
hold off, hold over, hold up, lay aside, lay by, lay over,
lengthen, lengthen out, let out, lie, lie down, linger on,
never finish, outdistance, outlie, outrange, outreach, outstretch,
pad, perorate, pigeonhole, postpone, procrastinate, produce,
prolong, prolongate, prorogate, prorogue, protract, pull,
push aside, put aside, put off, put on ice, range, range out,
reach, reach out, recess, recline, repose, reserve, run, run out,
set aside, set by, shelve, shift off, sleep on, span,
speak at length, spin out, sprawl, spread, stand on tiptoes,
stand over, stave off, stay, straddle, straggle, strain, stretch,
string out, surround, suspend, sweep, table, take a recess,
take in, tauten, temporize, tense, thrust out, tighten, waive
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