- The act by which something is stretched.
- 1859, Victor Regnault, Elements of Chemistry:
- [Skins] must be submitted to several washings, treadings, and stretchings, before they acquire the necessary pliancy.
- A form of physical exercise in which a specific skeletal muscle (or muscle group) is deliberately elongated to its fullest length in order to improve the muscle's felt elasticity and reaffirm comfortable muscle tone.
From Middle English strecchinge, strecchynge, from Old English streċċende, from Proto-Germanic *strakjandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *strakjaną (“to stretch”), equivalent to stretch + -ing.
- Requiring a high level of effort or performance.
For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:stretching.
stretching m (invariable)