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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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Asked if Wimbledon was an impossible dream, he replied: 'No it is not, it is not by any stretch of the imagination.
Furyk was not by any stretch of the imagination one of the worst culprits in America's feeble Ryder Cup capitulation, but that has not stopped some prophets of doom suggesting his star may be falling.
Not by any stretch of the imagination, though, as young as Justin Rose, who climbed from 24th with a round to go into a tie for fifth and was joint leading European with Swede Fredrik Jacobson - like him making his debut in the event.
Now, I'm not claiming to be Jeff Banks here, but I like to think I've managed to keep up to date with the latest trends over the years, while not by any stretch of the imagination setting them.
Not all the time, not by any stretch of the imagination.
I am not by any stretch of the imagination blaming the goalkeeper for the results we are having.
We are not over-confident this time, not by any stretch of the imagination.
Not by any stretch of the imagination should anyone think it's worth dying to defend.