Stressful to Strife
(Stress"ful) a. Having much stress. Rush.
(Stretch) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stretched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stretching.] [OE. strecchen, AS.
streccan; akin to D. strekken, G. strecken, OHG. strecchen, Sw. sträcka, Dan. strække; cf. AS. stræck,
strec, strong, violent, G. strack straight; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to E. strong. Cf. Straight.]
1. To reach out; to extend; to put forth.
And stretch forth his neck long and small.Chaucer.
I in conquest stretched mine arm.Shak.
2. To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope.
3. To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings.
4. To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly.
The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain.Shak.
5. To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle.
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve.Doddridge.
6. To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch one's credit.
They take up, one day, the most violent and stretched prerogative.Burke.
(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 miles.
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.
Stretch out, an order to rowers to extend themselves forward in dipping the oar.
1. Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a
stretch of the imagination.
By stretch of arms the distant shore to gain.Dryden.
Those put a lawful authority upon the stretch, to the abuse of yower, under the color of prerogative.L'Estrange.