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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 (see System/360).

The STRETCH was the first IBM transistorized computer. Its style of cabinetry and console were used in many subsequent computers by the company. (Image courtesy of IBM.)
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It appears, therefore, that improvements in SROM and DROM are more likely to be higher when the agonists are stretched dynamically and the antagonists statically as part of the warm-up.
The film is heated up while passing through the first five rollers and is stretched in the gap between the sixth and seventh rollers as a result of the velocity difference between these two.
Myogenin mRNA increased 2.9-fold in the continuous stretched side and 6.8-fold in the repetitive stretched side compared to each respective unstretched side in a statistically significant manner (P < 0.05).
3 : to extend (as the body) in a flat position <I stretched out on the bed.>
M/511ers claims that when using highly extensible films (films that can be stretched to 250 percent of their original length and beyond), the HSA-Vario can safely stretch pallets of various formats without a film change, increasing load stability and achieving film economies of up to 30 percent.
Others recommended regimens that were clearly dangerous--finger gymnastics for strength conditioning, lifting weights with the fingers and exercises that stretched the fingers apart.
When heated and stretched like chewing gum pulled into a string, it thins uniformly, Kim's group reports in the Sept.
The performance properties of biaxially stretched films are determined by their molecular orientation (or anisotropy) and the temperature at which they are processed.
When stretching, hold and then contract the stretched muscle, without moving, for several seconds.
Rubber behaves elastically even after it is stretched several hundred percent.
But a few years ago, a study from McMaster University in Ontario found that runners who said they never stretched before running were no likelier to be injured than those who said they always stretched.
All stretch films have properties that allow them to be stretched and still remain strong.