Translation of "stretch" - English-French dictionary


verb /stretʃ/

to make or become longer or wider especially by pulling or by being pulled

She stretched the piece of elastic to its fullest extent
His scarf was so long that it could stretch right across the room
This material stretches
The dog yawned and stretched (itself)
He stretched (his arm/hand) up as far as he could, but still could not reach the shelf
Ask someone to pass you the jam instead of stretching across the table for it.

(of land etc) to extend

The plain stretched ahead of them for miles.
stretcher noun

a light folding bed with handles for carrying the sick or wounded

brancard, civière
The injured man was carried to the ambulance on a stretcher.
stretchy adjective

(of materials etc) able to stretch

a stretchy bathing-costume.
at a stretch


He can’t work for more than three hours at a stretch.
be at full stretch

to be using all one’s powers, energy etc to the limit in doing something

donner son plein
The restaurant staff were at full stretch trying to serve the flood of customers.
stretch one’s legs

to go for a walk for the sake of exercise

se dégourdir les jambes
I need to stretch my legs.
stretch out

in moving the body, to straighten or extend

She stretched out a hand for the child to hold
He stretched (himself) out on the bed.

(Translation of “stretch” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)