To be on the stretch, to be obliged to use one's utmost powers.Home stretch. See under Home, a.

(Stretch"er) n.

1. One who, or that which, stretches.

2. (Masonry) A brick or stone laid with its longer dimension in the line of direction of the wall. Gwilt.

3. (Arch.) A piece of timber used in building.

4. (Naut.) (a) A narrow crosspiece of the bottom of a boat against which a rower braces his feet. (b) A crosspiece placed between the sides of a boat to keep them apart when hoisted up and griped. Dana.

5. A litter, or frame, for carrying disabled, wounded, or dead persons.

6. An overstretching of the truth; a lie. [Slang]

7. One of the rods in an umbrella, attached at one end to one of the ribs, and at the other to the tube sliding upon the handle.

8. An instrument for stretching boots or gloves.

9. The frame upon which canvas is stretched for a painting.

(Stretch"ing) a. & n. from Stretch, v.

Stretching course(Masonry), a course or series of stretchers. See Stretcher, 2. Britton.

(||Stret"to) n. [It., close or contacted, pressed.] (Mus.) (a) The crowding of answer upon subject near the end of a fugue. (b) In an opera or oratorio, a coda, or winding up, in an accelerated time. [Written also stretta.]

(Strew) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Strewed ; p. p. strewn ; p. pr. & vb. n. Strewing.] [OE. strewen, strawen, AS. strewian, streówian; akin to Ofries. strewa, OS. strewian, D. strooijen, G. streuen, OHG. strewen, Icel. stra, Sw. strö, Dan. ströe, Goth. straujan, L. sternere, stratum, Gr. Skr. st. &radic166. Cf. Stratum, Straw, Street.]

2. A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land.

A great stretch of cultivated country.
W. Black.

But all of them left me a week at a stretch.
E. Eggleston.

3. The extent to which anything may be stretched.

Quotations, in their utmost stretch, can signify no more than that Luther lay under severe agonies of mind.

This is the utmost stretch that nature can.

4. (Naut.) The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board.

5. Course; direction; as, the stretch of seams of coal.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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