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1. Horse racing the section or sections of a racecourse that are straight, esp the final straight section leading to the finishing line
2. Slang a term of imprisonment


(petroleum engineering)
The increase in length of oil-well casing or tubing when freely suspended in fluid mediums.

patent glazing

A system of glazing which employs any of a variety of commercially available devices for securing the glass sheets without the use of putty.


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i. To increase the capacity of a transport aircraft by adding plugs to the fuselage (e.g., the stretched version of aircraft. Such stretched versions are normally suffixed with the letter S).
ii. To apply tensile strength to a body exceeding its elastic limits.


The code name for IBM's first "supercomputer," the 7030, which was started in 1955 and completed in 1961. The first of eight units was delivered to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and was in use for 10 years. STRETCH was IBM's first attempt at building transistorized computers and was designed to "stretch" the speed of its current vacuum tube models by a factor of 100.

The machine was very sophisticated for its time, providing simultaneous execution of business instructions with floating point arithmetic. It was estimated that IBM lost 40 million dollars in developing STRETCH, but that the knowledge gained led to huge profits with its subsequent computers.

The STRETCH was the first of IBM's transistorized computers. Its style of cabinetry and console were used in many subsequent computers by the company. (Image courtesy of IBM.)
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Work on this stretch, planned for completion in June 2017, was halted in 2015 due to landslides.
Depending on the stretch ratio, the tensile strength increases as a result of both stretching technologies.
The control group did not stretch throughout the intervention period but their knee extension ROM was measured at the start and end of the trial.
It's always tempting to try to get a little more out of your stretch, whether that means putting your front foot on a chair for an oversplit or asking a friend to sit on your back while you stretch forward in a seated straddle.
An example of a dynamic warm-up would be that which starts with low intensity, small range of motion movements and progresses toward higher intensity, full range of motion movements required for that activity It is not known how long the dynamic stretch benefits last, so the warm-up should be performed close to the start of activity and each sport should be evaluated for the specific range of motion requirements for optimal performance (21).
A single 30-second stretch is sufficient to inhibit maximal voluntary strength.
Following the general warm-up participants performed a series of static stretches in randomized order including supine partner assisted hamstring stretch (hip flexion with extended leg), kneeling partner assisted quadriceps stretch (front knee and hip flexed at 90[degrees], rear knee on floor and flexed to maximum ROM), seated partner assisted low back stretch (hip flexion to maximum ROM with legs partially abducted and knees slightly flexed), and standing wall supported calf stretch with the other leg in dorsiflexion.
USATF Stretch Study Results, August 2010, http://www.
Become disciplined to stretch by adding it to your daily routine or training programme.
The stretch should be felt as a pulling sensation in the muscle and never a pain or strain in the joint or other part of the body that is not being stretched.
4 : to extend the body or limbs <You should stretch before exercising.