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Definitions of reach

  1. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made the plane"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; "The thermometer hit 100 degrees"; "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the limit of capability; "within the compass of education" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. to extend as far as, "The sunlight reached the wall";"Can he reach?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. be in communication with, establish communication with; "Our advertisements reach millions"; "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"; "We made it!"; "She may not make the grade" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. place into the hands or custody of; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the limits within which something can be effective; "range of motion"; "he was beyond the reach of their fire" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. the act of physically reaching or thrusting out Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense; "Government reaches out to the people" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. be in or establish communication with; "Our advertisements reach millions"; "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made it to the finish line"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. place into the hands or custody of; "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. To retch. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  19. An effort to vomit. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Hence, to deliver by stretching out a member, especially the hand; to give with the hand; to pass to another; to hand over; as, to reach one a book. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. 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, or the like; as, to reach an object with the hand, or with a spear. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent; as, his land reaches the river. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To arrive at; to come to; to get as far as. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To understand; to comprehend. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To overreach; to deceive. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. To stretch out the hand. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To strain after something; to make efforts. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. To extend in dimension, time, amount, action, influence, etc., so as to touch, attain to, or be equal to, something. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. To sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking to another, or with the wind nearly abeam. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. The act of stretching or extending; extension; power of reaching or touching with the person, or a limb, or something held or thrown; as, the fruit is beyond my reach; to be within reach of cannon shot. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. An artifice to obtain an advantage. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. The pole or rod which connects the hind axle with the forward bolster of a wagon. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. To stretch out, as the hand; to touch or grasp, as with the extended hand; to pass or deliver to another; arrive at or come to; gain; to extend as far as; penetrate to; to influence; affect. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  40. To extend the hand, etc., so as to touch or seize something; endeavor to obtain something; to extend in time, space, amount, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  41. The act of stretching out, or the ability to stretch out, touch, grasp, etc.; distance within which one can touch, observe, etc.; limit of power or influence; au unbroken stretch, as of water or meadow land. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  42. To stretch or extend: to attain or obtain by stretching out the hand: to hand over: to extend to: to arrive at: to gain: to include. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  43. To be extended so as to touch: to stretch out the hand: to try to obtain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  44. Act or power of reaching: extent: extent of force: penetration: artifice: contrivance: a straight portion of a stream. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  45. Act or power of reaching; extent; stretch. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  46. To be extended; try to obtain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  47. To extend to; attain; hand over. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  48. To stretch out; extend; hand; deliver; pass. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  49. To touch; hit; arrive at; come to; attain; influence; move; affect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  50. To stretch out the hand, foot, or something held; try to secure something. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  51. To extend to, approach, affect, or equal something. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  52. The act or power of reaching; distance one is able to reach. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. Something attained or attainable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. An unbroken extent; expanse. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. Power of reaching or attaining; range; limit of power; scheme; expanse; stretch of water. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  56. To stretch; to touch by extending the hand; to arrive at; to extend to; to penetrate to. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  57. To be extended so as to touch; to try to obtain. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  58. To strike, hit, or touch with a missile; as, to reach an object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell. Webster Dictionary DB
  59. To extend, or extend to; to stretch; to touch; to attain; to take by extending the arm; to strike from a distance, as with a weapon; to include or comprehend. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  60. Extent; a stretching; act of touching or seizing by extending the hand; the power of extending to; power of attainment; limit of faculties; effort of mind; of a river, as far as it stretches in one direction. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  61. Other spellings of retch and retching-see retch. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  62. r[=e]ch, v.t. to stretch or extend: to attain or obtain by stretching out the hand: to hand over: to extend to: to arrive at: to get at: to gain.--v.i. to be extended: to mount up in quantity or number: to stretch out the hand: to try to obtain: to arrive.--n. act or power of reaching: extent of stretch: extent of force: penetration: artifice: contrivance: a straight portion of a stream between bends: (naut.) the distance traversed between tacks.--adj REACH'ABLE, within reach.--ns. REACH'ER, one who reaches; REACH'ING-POST, in rope-making, a post fixed at the lower end of a rope-walk.--adjs REACH'LESS, unattainable; REACH'-ME-DOWN, ready-made.--HEAD REACH, the distance to windward traversed by a vessel while tacking. [A.S. r['æ]can; Ger. reichen, to reach.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  63. Stretch out, extend, (t. & i.; often out &c.; reached out his hand, its branches; a dominion reaching from the Ebro to the Carpathians); stretch out the hand &c., make reaching motion or effort lit. or fig., (you must r. out further; mind reaches forward to an ideal; ship reaches ahead in race); get as far as, attain to, arrive at, (specified point or object or destination; also abs.), succeed in affecting, either simply or with the hand or instrument or missile or missive or influence (r. bottom; reached land; could not r. his enemy, esp. in fencing, boxing; how is her conscience to be reached?; libels that the ordinary law reaches; the steps by which you r. the entrance; your letter reached me today; every syllable reached the audience; has reached middle age, its eighth edition; cannot r. so high, far enough, down, up to it, &c.; as far as eye could r.; my income will not r. to it); hand, pass or take with outstretched hand, (reached him the book; reached down his hat); reach-me-down a. & n., ready-made (garment). Hence reachable a. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  64. Act of reaching out; extent to which hand &c. can be reached out, influence be exerted, motion be carried out, or mental powers be used, range, scope, compass, (within, above, out of, beyond, one\'s r., possible, impossible, of attainment or performance; has a wide r.; within easy r. of the railway; no help was within r.); continuous extent, esp. part of river that can be looked along at once between two bends. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  65. n. Act of stretching ; extension ;-power of extending action, influence, or the like ; extent of force or capacity ; - hence, application ; influence ; result ; - an extended portion of land or water ; a stretch ;-an artifice to obtain an advantage ; a fetch. Cabinet Dictionary

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