(nautical) To sail by the wind under press of canvas.
Example: I stretched the rubber band until it almost broke.â€Ž
The rubber band stretched almost to the breaking point.â€Ž
The inner membrane [â€¦] because it would stretch and yield, remained unbroken.
First, stretch the skin over the frame of the drum.â€Ž
I managed to stretch my coffee supply a few more days.â€Ž
To say crossing the street was brave is stretching the meaning of "brave" considerably.â€Ž
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path [â€¦]. It twisted and turned, [â€¦] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights.
The beach stretches from Cresswell to Amble.â€Ž
Cats stretch with equal ease and agility beyond the point that breaks a man on the rack.â€Ž
I always stretch my muscles before exercising.â€Ž
His mustache stretched all the way to his sideburns.â€Ž
2011 October 29, Neil Johnston, â€œNorwich 3-3 Blackburnâ€, BBC Sport:
Yakubu took advantage of John Ruddy's error to put the visitors back in front, with Chris Samba's header stretching their advantage.
a man apt to stretch in his report of facts
The ship stretched to the eastward.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Ham. Nav. Encyc to this entry?)