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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preterit, is obsolete); p. pr.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[=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.

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.

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.

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.

The coast . . . is very full of creeks and reaches.

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!

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,

And behold, a ladder set upon the earth, and the top
of it reached to heaven. --Gen. xxviii.

The new world reaches quite across the torrid zone.

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

He would be in the mind reaching after a positive
idea of infinity. --Locke.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the limits within which something can be effective; "range
of motion"; "he was beyond the reach of their fire"
[syn: {range}]
2: 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" [syn: {scope}, {range}, {orbit}, {compass}, {ambit}]
3: the act of physically reaching or thrusting out [syn: {reaching},
4: the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"
[syn: {compass}, {range}, {grasp}]
v 1: 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" [syn: {attain}, {make}, {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" [syn: {hit}, {attain}]
3: move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a
metaphorical sense: "Government reaches out to the people"
[syn: {reach out}]
4: be in communication with, establish communication with; "Our
advertisements reach millions"; "He never contacted his
children after he emigrated to Australia" [syn: {get
through}, {get hold of}, {contact}]
5: to gain with effort: "she achieved her goal despite
setbacks." [syn: {achieve}, {accomplish}, {attain}]
6: to extend as far as, "The sunlight reached the wall";"Can he
reach?" [syn: {extend to}, {touch}]
7: reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"; "We made it!"
"She may not make the grade" [syn: {make}, {get to}, {progress
8: place into the hands or custody of; "Turn the files over to
me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
[syn: {pass}, {hand}, {pass on}, {turn over}, {give}]
9: to exert much effort or energy: "straining our ears to
hear." [syn: {strive}, {strain}]

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