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v. stretched, stretch·ing, stretch·es
1. To lengthen, widen, or distend: stretched the sweater out of shape.
2. To cause to extend from one place to another or across a given space: stretched the banner between two poles.
3. To make taut; tighten: stretched the tarpaulin until it ripped.
4. To reach or put forth; extend: stretched out his hand.
a. To extend (oneself or one's limbs, for example) to full length: stretched her calves before running.
b. To extend (oneself) when lying down: she stretched herself out on the couch.
c. To put to torture on the rack.
6. To wrench or strain (a muscle, for example).
a. To extend or enlarge beyond the usual or proper limits: stretch the meaning of a word.
b. To subject to undue strain: to stretch one's patience.
a. To expand in order to fulfill a larger function: stretch a budget; stretch a paycheck.
b. To increase the quantity of by admixture or dilution: stretch a meal by thinning the stew.
9. To prolong: stretch out an argument.
10. Informal To fell by a blow: stretched his opponent in the first round.
1. To become lengthened, widened, or distended.
2. To extend or reach over a distance or area or in a given direction: "On both sides of us stretched the wet plain" (Ernest Hemingway).
3. To lie down at full length: stretched out on the bed.
4. To extend one's muscles or limbs, as after prolonged sitting or on awakening.
5. To extend over a given period of time: "This story stretches over a whole generation" (William Golding).
1. The act of stretching or the state of being stretched.
2. The extent or scope to which something can be stretched; elasticity.
3. A continuous or unbroken length, area, or expanse: an empty stretch of highway.
4. A straight section of a racecourse or track, especially the section leading to the finish line.
a. A continuous period of time.
b. Slang A term of imprisonment: served a two-year stretch.
c. Informal The last stage of an event, period, or process.
6. Baseball A series of movements in which a pitcher, standing with the glove side facing home plate, raises both hands to the height of the head and then lowers them to the chest or waist for a short pause before pitching the ball. It is used especially when runners are on base because it gives base runners less time to steal than they have during a full windup.
1. Made of an elastic material that stretches easily: stretch pants.
2. Of, relating to, or being a vehicle, such as a limousine or passenger jet, having an extended seating area that provides extra space for more passengers, leg room, or amenities.
stretch (one's) legs
To go for a walk, especially after a lengthy period of sitting.

[Middle English strecchen, from Old English streccan.]

stretch′a·bil′i·ty n.
stretch′a·ble adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stretchability - the capacity for being stretched
elasticity, snap - the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed; "the waistband had lost its snap"
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As for fit, the private label brands, although they tout stretchability as a key feature on their packaging, did not offer as many bells and whistles as the store brands, but overall they were satisfactory.
Currently, leading retailers have focused heavily on increasing stretchability in their diapers--a feature already heavily present in the branded arena--but an assessment of store brand diapers on today's market shows less sophisticated stretch vehicles when compared to national brands.
Meanwhile, K-C competitor Procter & Gamble has made upgrades, in the form of stretchability, across its entire baby line.
Using the innovative and patented technology from GPF, stretchability with gentle force reaches 200% elongation rate while the recovery rate is greater than 90%.
As the adult incontinence user continues to demand improved discretion, better fit and ease of use, stretchability has come to play a larger role in this market as has been the case in most disposable segments.
Companies will continue to focus on developing better fitting, less bulky products with improved stretchability.
Textiles laminated with breathable film are widely used for high-functional sportswear due to their breathability, waterproofness, lightweight and stretchability.
In order to evaluate the effect of P3OT-f-MWCNTs on the stretchability of EOC17 based systems, tensile stress-strain analysis was carried out.
I love finding each child's voice, each individual's voice, studying their range and working a harmony to suit that person, but always keeping in mind that there is that stretchability factor.
The work is the first semiconductor in rubber composite format that enables stretchability without any special mechanical structure, Yu said.
For the first time, ultra-high stretchability (ultimate stretch [lambda] of up to 12.
Severe deformation occurring in the shearing process deteriorates stretchability of the sheared edges.