Translation of "stretch" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /stretʃ/ us /stretʃ/

stretch verb (REACH)

B2 [ T usually + adv/prep ] to cause something to reach, often as far as possible, in a particular direction

I tripped on a piece of wire that someone had stretched across the path. 我被不知是谁拉在路上的一根电线绊倒了。
She stretched out her hand and helped him from his chair. 她伸手将他从椅子上扶起来。

B2 [ I ] to make your body or your arms and legs straight so that they are as long as possible, in order to exercise the joints (= place where two bones are connected) after you have been in the same place or position for a long time

"I'm so tired," she said, yawning and stretching. “我太累了,”她打着呵欠伸了个懒腰说。
It's a good idea to stretch before you do vigorous exercise. 在进行剧烈运动前应该先伸展一下身体。

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stretch verb (SPREAD)

C2 [ I usually + adv/prep ] to spread over a large area or distance

A huge cloud of dense smoke stretched across the horizon. 一大团浓烟在地平线上蔓延开来。
The Andes stretch for 7,250 km along the west coast of South America. 安第斯山脉沿南美洲西海岸绵延达7250公里。
Unsettled weather will stretch from the middle Mississippi Valley to the southern Middle Atlantic States. 自密西西比河流域中部至濒大西洋中部诸州的南部天气均不稳定。
The refugee camps stretch as far as the eye can see. 难民营绵延不绝,一眼望不到头。

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stretch verb (GO PAST)

[ T ] to go as far as or past the usual limit of something

Many families' budgets are already stretched to breaking point. 许多家庭的预算已经撑到了极限。
We can't work any harder, Paul. We're already fully stretched. 我们无法再更卖力了,保罗。我们已经竭尽全力了。
This movie really stretches the patience of the audience to the limit. 这部电影简直就是在考验观众的耐性。
Normally, people under 18 aren't allowed, but I guess we can stretch the rules for you as it's your birthday tomorrow. 我们通常不接纳未满18岁的人,但考虑到明天是你的生日,我想我们可以稍稍变通一下。

stretch verb (MAKE LONGER)

B2 [ I or T ] to (cause a material to) become longer or wider than usual as a result of pulling at the edges

an exercise to stretch the leg muscles 拉伸腿部肌肉的锻炼
That elastic band will snap if you stretch it too far. 那根橡皮筋拉得太长会断的。
This substance stretches to any shape you want. 这种物质可以拉伸成你想要的任何形状。

B2 [ I ] If a material stretches, it can become longer or wider when pulled and then return to its original size.

to stretch fabrics 弹力织物

stretch verb (LONG TIME)

[ I usually + adv/prep ] to spread over a long period of time

The dispute stretches back over many years. 这场争论可追溯到许多年以前。
Although we were supposed to finish this month, it looks like the work will stretch well into next year. 虽然我们应该在本月完工,但看来工作要拖到明年了。

[ T ] also stretch out to make a process or task continue for a longer period of time than was originally planned

I'd like to stretch my mortgage payments out over a longer period if possible. 如果可能的话,我想把按揭贷款的期限延长一些。

stretch verb (DO MORE)

[ T ] If jobs or tasks stretch you, they make you learn new things that use your skill and experience more than before.

My present job doesn't stretch me, so I'm looking for something more demanding. 我目前的工作不能让我尽展所长,所以我在寻找更有挑战性的工作。


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stretch noun (PART)

C1 [ C usually singular ] a continuous area of land or water

This particular stretch of coast is especially popular with hikers. 在这一段海岸散步的人特别多。
Traffic is at a standstill along a five-mile stretch of the ring-road. 剑桥南面11号高速公路有5英里的路段交通陷入瘫痪。
Some very rare birds inhabit our stretch of the river. 一些非常珍稀的鸟类栖息在我们这个河段。

[ C usually singular ] a stage in a race, or a part of a racetrack

She looked certain to win as she entered the final stretch. 她进入最后一段跑道时似乎已经赢定了。
He fell as he galloped down the home stretch (= towards the finish). 他在冲向终点时跌倒了。

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stretch noun (REACH)

[ C ] an act of stretching

I always have a good stretch when I get up in the morning. 我早上起床总会好好地伸展一下筋骨。
This is a really good stretch for your hip flexors.

stretch noun (GO PAST)

[ C usually singular ] the fact that something has gone past its usual limits

His idea may be a stretch, but it's not outside the realm of possibility. 他的论文可能有点儿夸大其词,但并不是完全没有可能。

stretch noun (MAKE LONGER)

[ U ] the degree to which a material can be made longer or wider by pulling

This fabric doesn't have much stretch in it, does it? 这种织物没什么弹性,是吗?

stretch noun (TIME)

[ C usually singular ] a continuous period of time

The elderly generally need far less rest than the young, and tend to sleep in several short stretches. 年长者一般需要的休息时间比年轻人要少得多,而且往往会分成几个小段时间睡觉。

[ C usually singular ] informal a period of time that a criminal spends in prison

Her brother's doing a ten-year stretch for armed robbery. 她弟弟因持械抢劫正在服刑,刑期10年。
at a stretch

continuously or without any interruptions

There's no way I could work for ten hours at a stretch. 要我连续工作10个小时是不可能的。

stretch noun (DIFFICULT JOB)

[ C usually singular ] a job, task , or role that is difficult for someone because it is very different from what they usually do

Playing a budding opera star was not much of a stretch for this classically trained singer. 饰演一位崭露头角的歌剧明星对这个受过古典音乐训练的歌手而言不是什么难事。

(Translation of “stretch” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)