• To extend, stretch, or thrust out (for example a limb or object held in the hand).
  • To give to someone by stretching out a limb, especially the hand; to give with the hand; to pass to another person; to hand over.
  • To stretch out the hand.
  • To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; to extend some part of the body, or something held, so as to touch, strike, grasp, etc.
  • Of a missile: to strike or touch.
  • To extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut.
  • To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent.
  • To arrive at (a place) by effort of any kind.
  • To make contact with.
  • To connect with (someone) on an emotional level, making them receptive of (one); to get through to (someone).
  • To arrive at a particular destination.
  • To continue living until or up to (a certain age).
  • To understand; to comprehend.
  • To strain after something; to make (sometimes futile or pretentious) efforts.
  • To extend in dimension, time etc.; to stretch out continuously (past, beyond, above, from etc. something).
  • To sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking to another, or with the wind nearly abeam.
  • Alternative of retch.


  • The act of stretching or extending; extension.
  • The ability to reach or touch with the person, a limb, or something held or thrown.
  • The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity.
  • Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope.
  • An exaggeration; an extension beyond evidence or normal; a stretch.
  • The distance a boxer's arm can extend to land a blow.
  • Any point of sail in which the wind comes from the side of a vessel, excluding close-hauled.
  • The distance traversed between tacks.
  • A stretch of a watercourse which can be sailed in one reach (in the previous sense). An extended portion of water; a stretch; a straightish portion of a stream, river, or arm of the sea extending up into the land, as from one turn to another. By extension, the adjacent land.
  • A level stretch of a watercourse, as between rapids in a river or locks in a canal. (examples?)
  • An extended portion or area of land or water.
  • An article to obtain an advantage.
  • The pole or rod connecting the rear axle with the forward bolster of a wagon.
  • Alternative of retch.


  • From Middle English rechen, from Old English rǣċan, from Proto-West Germanic *raikijan, from Proto-Germanic *raikijaną, from the Proto-Indo-European *reyǵ-.

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