stretch noun

1 area of land or water

ADJ. great, huge, large, long, open, vast, wide A great stretch of ocean lay beneath them. | narrow, short, small | straight a straight stretch of road | continuous, unbroken | beautiful, lovely | deserted, empty, lonely an empty stretch of beach | fast | dangerous, hazardous | coastal a wild uninhabited coastal stretch

PREP. along a/the ~ There are tailbacks along a 10-mile stretch of the motorway. | on a/the ~ The festival is being held on a stretch of parkland near the river. | ~ of

2 stretching

ADJ. good | gentle

VERB + STRETCH have Have a good stretch from time to time to prevent yourself getting stiff.

PHRASES at full stretch Her arms were at full stretch.