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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:
Adj.1.stretchable - capable of being easily stretched and resuming former size or shape
elastic - capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy; "an elastic band"; "a youthful and elastic walk"


Capable of being extended or expanded:
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The skin display, developed by a collaboration between researchers at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Engineering and Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), a leading Japanese printing company, consists of a 16 x 24 array of micro LEDs and stretchable wiring mounted on a rubber sheet.
Soft, stretchable knitting materials laminated with film will meet an increasing demand for comfortable and functional wear for multi-use, but conventional double layered knitting materials using crimped thread have limitations when relatively light or and thin materials are sought.
A stretchable biofuel cell developed by a team of engineers at the University of California San Diego extracted enough energy from human sweat to operate a bluetooth low-energy radio and an LED light--a development the researchers call "a major step forward in the field of soft, stretchable, wearable energy-harvesting devices.
Writing in the journal Science Advances, they described "a new mechanism for producing stretchable electronics, a process that relies upon readily available materials and could be scaled up for commercial production," according to a statement on the university' website.
We've been seeing snippets and hearing about Samsung's stretchable OLED displays for a while now.
In a paper published online in the journal Advanced Materials, the researchers described that their process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices could also give robots the ability to feel their environment.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have unveiled the world's first stretchable holographic display, involving gold nano-rods.
Stretchable PCBs are emerging with the promise of enabling reliable design of wearables.
Patent 9,401,487 (July 26, 2016), "Channel Layer for Stretchable Transistors," Jung-kyun Im, Jong-jin Park, Minwoo Park, Min-kwan Shin and Un-yong Jeong (Samsung Electronics Co.
Panasonic Corporation has developed a new soft and flexible polymer resin film intended for use in stretchable electronic devices.