stretch-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: unbroken expanse of space, land

Commentary: STRETCH[+expanse][+continuous][+spatial]

We drove through vast stretches of open desert.
Robberies have occurred on a lonely stretch of road beyond the village. (does not imply the road is straight)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a physical motion of extending

Commentary: STRETCH[+action][+physical][+motion][+extending]

They stood up from their seats for a stretch.
The yoga instructor showed us a new stretch for the spine.
Even with a stretch John couldn't touch the ceiling with his hand.
Sally said by no stretch of the imagination could one consider John handsome. (abstract extension)
It would be a stretch to call his conjecture a theory. (abstract extension)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4

Sense Number 3: a straight length of road or racetrack

Commentary: STRETCH[+entity][+structure][+road][+straight]

The chestnut filly has taken the lead on the back stretch.
Bob opened up the Porsche on an open stretch of empty road.
The sailboat completed a stretch and changed tack. (a straight distance of sail)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: a challenge, extraordinary situation

Commentary: STRETCH[+state][+challenge]

It was a stretch for him sometimes to come up with the rent,
The lead role in Turendot was a stretch for the young soprano.
The honors course in Shakespeare is a real stretch for some of these students.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: the quality of elasticity

Commentary: STRETCH[+quality][+elasticity]

Mary was wearing red stretch pants.
These socks have almost no stretch left in them.
This cream is supposed to be good for diminishing stretch marks.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 6: continuous temporal expanse

Commentary: STRETCH[+expanse][+continuous][+temporal]

There was a long stretch when Bob didn't have a girlfriend.
The man did a four-year stretch for tax fraud.
The woman's life was filled with stretches of anxiety and depression.
The crew often had to work for twenty hours at a stretch.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 7: a walk to relieve fatigue

Commentary: STRETCH[+activity][+walk][+relieve][+fatigue]

We decided to take a stretch around the grounds after the six-hour meeting.
John went for a stretch after dinner with the dog, to re-energize himself.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 5