To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like.
Hence, to deliver by stretching out a member, especially the hand; to give with the hand; to pass to another; to hand over.
To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; to extend some part of the body, or something held by one, so as to touch, strike, grasp, etc.
To strike or touch with a missile.
Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as.
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To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent.
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To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to.
- Thy desire leads to no excess / That reaches blame.
- The best account of the appearances of nature which human penetration can reach , comes short of its reality.
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(obsolete) To understand; to comprehend.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
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(obsolete) To overreach; to deceive.
- Do what, sir? I reach you not.
To stretch out the hand.
To strain after something; to make efforts.
To extend in dimension, time etc.; to stretch out continuously ((past), (beyond), (above), (from) etc. something).
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(nautical) To sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking to another, or with the wind nearly abeam.
- The Thembu tribe reaches back for twenty generations to King Zwide.
* In the past, raught”, ”rought” and ”retcht could be found as past tense forms; these are now obsolete, except perhaps in some dialects.
* reach an early grave
* reach for the stars
The act of stretching or extending; extension; power of reaching or touching with the person, or a limb, or something held or thrown.
- The fruit is beyond my reach .
* 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter VI
- to be within reach of cannon shot
The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity.
- and we have learned not to fire at any of the dinosaurs unless we can keep out of their reach for at least two minutes after hitting them in the brain or spine, or five minutes after puncturing their hearts—it takes them so long to die.
* Alexander Pope
- Drawn by others who had deeper reaches than themselves to matters which they least intended.
Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope.
- Be sure yourself and your own reach to know.
- And on the left hand, hell, / With long reach , interposed.
(informal) An exaggeration; an extension beyond evidence or normal; a stretch.
- I am to pray you not to strain my speech / To grosser issues, nor to larger reach / Than to suspicion.
(boxing) The distance a boxer’s arm can extend to land a blow.
An extended portion of land or water; a stretch; a straight portion of a stream or river, as from one turn to another; a level stretch, as between locks in a canal; an arm of the sea extending up into the land.
- To call George eloquent is certainly a reach .
- The river’s wooded reach .
(nautical) Any point of sail in which the wind comes from the side of a vessel, excluding close-hauled.
(obsolete) An article to obtain an advantage.
* Francis Bacon
- The coast is very full of creeks and reaches .
The pole or rod connecting the rear axle with the forward bolster of a wagon.
An effort to vomit; a retching.
- The Duke of Parma had particular reaches and ends of his own underhand to cross the design.
* arm’s reach
* beam reach
* boardinghouse reach
* broad reach
* dry reach
The orange roughy, (taxlink).
(Australia) Any of several marine fish of the related genus (taxlink), which have rough and spiny scales.