a kind of litter, often of canvas stretched on a frame, for carrying the sick, wounded, or dead.
a similar litter on wheels, adapted for use in ambulances and hospitals.
a person or thing that stretches.
any of various instruments for extending, widening, distending, etc.
a bar, beam, or fabricated material, serving as a tie or brace.
Masonry. a brick or stone laid in a wall so that its longer edge is exposed or parallel to the surface.
Compare header (def 5a).
a simple wooden framework on which the canvas for an oil painting is stretched.
a framework connecting and bracing the legs of a piece of furniture.
one member of this framework.
a crosspiece that is set athwart and near the bottom in a small boat, and against which the feet of a rower are braced.
one of the thin, sliding rods connecting the canopy and handle of an umbrella.
verb (used with object)
to stretch (canvas for a painting) on a stretcher.
verb (used with object)
to draw out or extend (oneself, a body, limbs, wings, etc.) to the full length or extent (often followed by out):
to stretch oneself out on the ground.
to hold out, reach forth, or extend (one’s arm, head, etc.).
to extend, spread, or place (something) so as to reach from one point or place to another:
to stretch a rope across a road.
to draw tight or taut:
to stretch the strings of a violin.
to lengthen, widen, distend, or enlarge by tension:
to stretch a rubber band.
to draw out, extend, or enlarge unduly:
The jacket was stretched at the elbows.
to extend, force, or make serve beyond the normal or proper limits; strain:
to stretch the imagination; to stretch the facts; to stretch food to feed extra guests; to stretch money to keep within a budget.
to extend or strain (oneself) to the utmost, as by intense exertion; tax.
to increase the quantity of (a beverage, food, paint, etc.) by dilution or admixing:
They caught the bartender stretching the gin with water.
Radio and Television. to prolong or slow down (action or pace) in order not to end too early:
to stretch a show; to stretch the action two minutes.
verb (used without object)
to recline at full length (usually followed by out):
to stretch out on a couch.
to extend the hand or to reach, as for something.
to extend over a distance or area or in a particular direction:
The forest stretches for miles.
to extend in time:
His memory stretches back to his early childhood.
to stretch oneself by extending the limbs and lengthening the muscles to the utmost:
to stretch and yawn.
to become stretched, or admit of being stretched, to greater length, width, etc., as any elastic or ductile material.
Radio and Television. to reduce the pace or slow down the action of a radio or television program.
an act or instance of stretching.
the state of being stretched.
a continuous length, distance, tract, or expanse:
a stretch of meadow.
Horse Racing. the backstretch or homestretch of a racetrack.
Baseball. a short windup, usually used to keep base runners from taking too long a lead, in which the pitcher starts the pitching motion with hands together at the waist, raises them to or above the head, brings them back to the waist, and, after a momentary pause, delivers the ball.
an extent in time; duration:
for a stretch of ten years.
elasticity or capacity for extension.
Slang. a term of imprisonment:
He’s doing a stretch in the pen.
the act or fact of stretching or extending something beyond reasonable or proper limits:
You wouldn’t call her a genius by any stretch of the imagination. It’s quite a stretch for me to believe his story.
(initial capital letter) a nickname for a tall, lanky person.
made of synthetic or composite yarn having a sufficiently low denier or having been subjected to any of several special mechanical treatments to permit increased elasticity:
stretch girdle; stretch pants.
(of yarn) modified or twisted so as to afford high elasticity.
Also, stretched. of or relating to a conveyance, as a limousine or airliner, whose seating area is expanded to carry more passengers or afford greater legroom and to allow space for other comforts and amenities.
a device for transporting the ill, wounded, or dead, consisting of a frame covered by canvas or other material
a strengthening often decorative member joining the legs of a chair, table, etc
the wooden frame on which canvas is stretched and fixed for oil painting
a tie beam or brace used in a structural framework
a brick or stone laid horizontally with its length parallel to the length of a wall Compare header (sense 4)
(rowing) a fixed board across a boat on which an oarsman braces his feet
(Austral & NZ) a camp bed
(slang) an exaggeration or lie
to transport (a sick or injured person) on a stretcher
to draw out or extend or be drawn out or extended in length, area, etc
to extend or be extended to an undue degree, esp so as to distort or lengthen permanently
to extend (the limbs, body, etc)
(transitive) to reach or suspend (a rope, etc) from one place to another
(transitive) to draw tight; tighten
often foll by out, forward, etc. to reach or hold (out); extend
(intransitive) usually foll by over. to extend in time: the course stretched over three months
(intransitive; foll by for, over, etc) (of a region, etc) to extend in length or area
(intransitive) (esp of a garment) to be capable of expanding, as to a larger size: socks that will stretch
(transitive) to put a great strain upon or extend to the limit
to injure (a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc) by means of a strain or sprain
(transitive) often foll by out. to make do with (limited resources): to stretch one’s budget
(transitive) (informal) to expand or elaborate (a story, etc) beyond what is credible or acceptable: that’s stretching it a bit
(transitive; often passive) to extend, as to the limit of one’s abilities or talents
(archaic or slang) to hang or be hanged by the neck
stretch a point
to make a concession or exception not usually made
stretch one’s legs, to take a walk, esp after a period of inactivity
the act of stretching or state of being stretched
a large or continuous expanse or distance: a stretch of water
extent in time, length, area, etc
capacity for being stretched, as in some garments
(as modifier): stretch pants
(horse racing) the section or sections of a racecourse that are straight, esp the final straight section leading to the finishing line
(slang) a term of imprisonment
(mainly Brit) at a stretch
with some difficulty; by making a special effort
if really necessary or in extreme circumstances
at one time
stretcher stretch·er (strěch’ər)
A litter, usually of canvas stretched over a frame, used to transport the sick, wounded, or dead.
[strech-er-bair-er] /ˈstrɛtʃ ərˌbɛər ər/ noun 1. a person who helps carry a stretcher, as in removing wounded from a battlefield. stretcher-bearer noun 1. a person who helps to carry a stretcher, esp in wartime
noun 1. Masonry. running bond. running bond noun 1. a brickwork bond having successive courses of overlapping stretchers.
noun 1. an infant’s one-piece garment covering the torso, legs, and feet, made of stretch fabric.
noun 1. (in brickwork) a course of stretchers.