, 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.
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2. The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity.
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Drawn by others who had deeper reaches than themselves to matters which they least intended.
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Be sure yourself and your own reach to know.
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3. Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope.
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And on the left hand, hell,
With long reach, interposed.
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I am to pray you not to strain my speech
To grosser issues, nor to larger reach
Than to suspicion.
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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. "The river's wooded reach." Tennyson.
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The coast . . . is very full of creeks and reaches.
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5. An artifice to obtain an advantage.
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The Duke of Parma had particular reaches and ends of his own underhand to cross the design.
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6. The pole or rod which connects the hind axle with the forward bolster of a wagon.
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