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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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  preterit,  is  obsolete);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Reaching}.]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[=ae]can,  r[=ae]cean,  to  extend,  stretch  out 
  akin  to  D.  reiken  G.  reichen  and  possibly  to  AS  r[=i]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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  reaching 
  n  1:  the  act  of  physically  reaching  or  thrusting  out  [syn:  {reach}, 
  {stretch}] 
  2:  accomplishment  of  an  objective  [syn:  {arrival}] 




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