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English Dictionary: reach by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
reach
n
  1. the limits within which something can be effective; "range of motion"; "he was beyond the reach of their fire"
    Synonym(s): range, reach
  2. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "a piano has a greater range than the human voice"; "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"
    Synonym(s): scope, range, reach, orbit, compass, ambit
  3. the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
    Synonym(s): reach, reaching, stretch
  4. the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"
    Synonym(s): compass, range, reach, grasp
v
  1. 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"
    Synonym(s): reach, make, attain, hit, arrive at, gain
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): reach, hit, attain
  3. move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense; "Government reaches out to the people"
    Synonym(s): reach, reach out
  4. be in or establish communication with; "Our advertisements reach millions"; "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia"
    Synonym(s): reach, get through, get hold of, contact
  5. to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"
    Synonym(s): achieve, accomplish, attain, reach
  6. to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall"
    Synonym(s): reach, extend to, touch
  7. reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"; "We made it!"; "She may not make the grade"
    Synonym(s): reach, make, get to, progress to
  8. 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"
    Synonym(s): pass, hand, reach, pass on, turn over, give
  9. to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"
    Synonym(s): strive, reach, strain
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Retch \Retch\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Retched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Retching}.] [AS. hr[?]can to clear the throat, hawk, fr.
      hraca throat; akin to G. rachen, and perhaps to E. rack
      neck.]
      To make an effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting.
      [Written also {reach}.]
  
               Beloved Julia, hear me still beseeching! (Here he grew
               inarticulate with retching.)                  --Byron.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Reach \Reach\, n.
      An effort to vomit. [R.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Reach \Reach\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reached}({Raught}, the old
      preterit, is obsolete); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reaching}.] [OE.
      rechen, AS. r[aemac]can, r[aemac]cean, to extend, stretch
      out; akin to D. reiken, G. reichen, and possibly to AS.
      r[c6]ce powerful, rich, E. rich. [root]115.]
      1. To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a
            limb, a member, something held, or the like.
  
                     Her tresses yellow, and long straughten, Unto her
                     heeles down they raughten.                  --Rom. of R.
  
                     Reach hither thy hand and thrust it into my side.
                                                                              --John xx. 27.
  
                     Fruit trees, over woody, reached too far Their
                     pampered boughs.                                 --Milton.
  
      2. 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.
  
                     He reached me a full cap.                  --2 Esd. xiv.
                                                                              39.
  
      3. To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; too
            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.
  
                     O patron power, . . . thy present aid afford, Than I
                     may reach the beast.                           --Dryden.
  
      4. To strike, hit, or tough with a missile; as, to reach an
            object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell.
  
      5. Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to
            penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as.
  
                     If these examples of grown men reach not the case of
                     children, let them examine.               --Locke.
  
      6. To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue
            of extent; as, his hand reaches the river.
  
                     Thy desire . . . leads to no excess That reaches
                     blame.                                                --Milton.
  
      7. To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain;
            to be advanced to.
  
                     The best account of the appearances of nature which
                     human penetration can reach, comes short of its
                     reality.                                             --Cheyne.
  
      9. To understand; to comprehend. [Obs.]
  
                     Do what, sir? I reach you not.            --Beau. & Fl.
  
      10. To overreach; to deceive. [Obs.] --South.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Reach \Reach\, n.
      1. 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.
  
      2. The power of stretching out or extending action,
            influence, or the like; power of attainment or management;
            extent of force or capacity.
  
                     Drawn by others who had deeper reaches than
                     themselves to matters which they least intended.
                                                                              --Hayward.
  
                     Be sure yourself and your own reach to know. --Pope.
  
      3. Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence;
            result; scope.
  
                     And on the left hand, hell, With long reach,
                     interposed.                                       --Milton.
  
                     I am to pray you not to strain my speech To grosser
                     issues, nor to larger reach Than to suspicion.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
      4. 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. [bd]The river's
            wooded reach.[b8] --Tennyson.
  
                     The coast . . . is very full of creeks and reaches.
                                                                              --Holland.
  
      5. An article to obtain an advantage.
  
                     The Duke of Parma had particular reaches and ends of
                     his own underhand to cross the design. --Bacon.
  
      6. The pole or rod which connects the hind axle with the
            forward bolster of a wagon.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Reach \Reach\, v. t.
      1. To stretch out the hand.
  
                     Goddess humane, reach, then, and freely taste!
                                                                              --Milton.
  
      2. To strain after something; to make efforts.
  
                     Reaching above our nature does no good. --Dryden.
  
      3. To extend in dimension, time, amount, action, influence,
            etc., so as to touch, attain to, or be equal to,
            something.
  
                     And behold, a ladder set upon the earth, and the top
                     of it reached to heaven.                     --Gen. xxviii.
                                                                              12.
  
                     The new world reaches quite across the torrid zone.
                                                                              --Boyle.
  
      4. (Naut.) To sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking
            to another, or with the ind nearly abeam.
  
      {To reach after} [or] {at}, to make efforts to attain to or
            obtain.
  
                     He would be in the mind reaching after a positive
                     idea of infinity.                              --Locke.
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