from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To stretch out; extend.

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  • v. To extend by stretching

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To stretch out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stretch or spread out; extend; expand: used chiefly in the past participle.


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  • Click on Graphic to Enlarge In Chicago, a 150-story skyscraper called the Chicago Spire and long planned to outstretch the 110-story Willis Tower as the city's tallest building, is a hole in the ground.

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  • Perhaps in poor judgment, when the bird came around again, we allowed our eldest son to outstretch his delicate arm in acceptance.

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  • The self-pic—you know, the type of photo where you outstretch your arm in front of you and take a picture of your noggin or several noggins obfuscating some historical monument—has become so ubiquitous and culturally acceptable that technology has slowly but surely bowed down to the fact that people really do like taking pictures of themselves.

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  • In your mind where your old limbs outstretch to receive him.

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  • As we outstretch our arms to hold the HUGENESS of the world, we at once become held by it.

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  • Go ahead and vote for China to emerge as the worlds superpower as we waste trillions of dollars on senseless wars that will outstretch our military and make us weaker against terrorists ...

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  • We outstretch our arms together as if in huddled embrace before a game.

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  • The day lies beyond the outstretch hand, too far to touch, too far to take hold and pull it closer.

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  • So, paying down a high interest debt of about 18 percent is just like getting an 18 percent return on your investments which is really hard to do these days, so that can outstretch your money further.

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  • The Democrats – a party who have invested millions upon millions in the war against drugs, and have been known to give marijuana dealers sentences that outstretch that of a paedophile.

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