1. The act of stretching or extending; extension; power of reaching or touching with the person, or a limb,
or something held or thrown; as, the fruit is beyond my reach; to be within reach of cannon shot.
2. The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent
of force or capacity.
Drawn by others who had deeper reaches than themselves to matters which they least intended.Hayward.
Be sure yourself and your own reach to know.Pope.
3. Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope.
And on the left hand, hell,Milton.
With long reach, interposed.
I am to pray you not to strain my speechShak.
To grosser issues, nor to larger reach
Than to suspicion.
4. An extended portion of land or water; a stretch; a straight portion of a stream or river, as from one turn
to another; a level stretch, as between locks in a canal; an arm of the sea extending up into the land.
"The river's wooded reach." Tennyson.
The coast . . . is very full of creeks and reaches.Holland.
5. An artifice to obtain an advantage.
The Duke of Parma had particular reaches and ends of his own underhand to cross the design.Bacon.
6. The pole or rod which connects the hind axle with the forward bolster of a wagon.
(Reach"a*ble) a. Being within reach.
1. One who reaches.
2. An exaggeration. [Obs.] Fuller.
(Reach"less), a. Being beyond reach; lofty.
Unto a reachless pitch of praises hight.Bp. Hall.
(Re*act") v. t. To act or perform a second time; to do over again; as, to react a play; the same
scenes were reacted at Rome.
(Re*act") v. i.
1. To return an impulse or impression; to resist the action of another body by an opposite force; as, every
body reacts on the body that impels it from its natural state.
2. To act upon each other; to exercise a reciprocal or a reverse effect, as two or more chemical agents; to
act in opposition.
(Re*ac"tion) n. [Cf. F. réaction.]
1. Any action in resisting other action or force; counter tendency; movement in a contrary direction; reverse