• The ability to reach or touch with the person, a limb, or something held or thrown.

    "to be within reach of cannon shot"

  • (informal) An exaggeration; an extension beyond evidence or normal; a stretch.

    "To call George eloquent is certainly a reach."

  • (nautical) Any point of sail in which the wind comes from the side of a vessel, excluding close-hauled.
  • An effort to vomit; a retching.
  • The ability to reach or touch with the person, a limb, or something held or thrown.

    "The fruit is beyond my reach."

  • Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope.
  • 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.
  • The pole or rod connecting the rear axle with the forward bolster of a wagon.
  • The act of stretching or extending; extension.
  • The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity.
  • (boxing) The distance a boxer's arm can extend to land a blow.
  • (obsolete) An article to obtain an advantage.


  • 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 reach an object with the hand, or with a spear;"

  • To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent.

    "his hand reaches the river"

  • (obsolete) To overreach; to deceive.
  • (intransitive) To extend in dimension, time etc.; to stretch out continuously (past, beyond, above, from etc. something).
  • Hence, to deliver by stretching out a member, especially the hand; to give with the hand; to pass to another; to hand over.

    "to reach one a book"

  • Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as.
  • (obsolete) To understand; to comprehend.
  • To strain after something; to make efforts.

    "Reach for your dreams."

  • To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like.

    "He reached for a weapon that was on the table."

  • To strike or touch with a missile.

    "to reach an object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell"

  • To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to.

    "After three years, he reached the position of manager."

  • To stretch out the hand.
  • (nautical) To sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking to another, or with the wind nearly abeam.

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