[ verb ] 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"

Used in print

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

There are other good representations of peasants and people of the court by actors who are finely costumed and magnificently photographed in this last of the Russian films to reach this country in the program of joint cultural exchange .

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

For the case of Jupiter , the radio_emission spectrum is definitely not like the spectrum of a black-body radiator , and it seems very likely that the radiation reaching the earth is a combination of thermal radiation from the atmosphere and non thermal components .

No attempts to measure the radio_emission of the remaining planets have been reported , and , because of their distances , small diameters , or low_temperatures , the thermal radiation at radio wave_lengths reaching the earth from these sources is expected to be of very low intensity .

(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)

After it has reached terminal_velocity , the time for the tape to travel a known distance is recorded .

Although the tape was run for over 1 hr. , a steady state was not reached , and it was concluded that the reason for this was that the back pressure of the manometer was built_up from the material fed from between the blocks and this was available at a very slow rate .

[ verb ] reach a point in time, or a certain state or level


hit attain


"The thermometer hit 100 degrees" "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"

Used in print

(L. Don Leet and Florence J. Leet, editors, The World of...)

In the deep waters of the Pacific these waves reach a speed of 500 miles_per_hour .

(James Bryant Conant, Slums and Suburbs...)

High motivation towards higher_education must start early enough so_that by the time the boy or girl reaches grade 9 he or she has at_least developed those basic skills which are essential for academic work .

(87th Congress, 1st Session. Congressional Record....)

It could halt a flood of Communist arms and strategic supplies now reaching Castro .

(Jesse W. Grimes and Wesley Allinsmith, "Compuls...)

Failure confirms the threat , and the intensity of anxiety is increased as the required learning becomes more difficult , so that by the time the child reaches the third grade the decrement in performance is pronounced .

(Doris Miles Disney, Mrs. Meeker's Money....)

His salary had reached the ten_thousand mark .

[ verb ] move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense




: "Government reaches out to the people"

Used in print

(Robert Penn Warren, Wilderness....)

He recognized her because she was the one who , in a winter twilight , on the edge of camp , had once stopped him and reached down her hand to touch his fly .

(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)

David reached for the pair of pistols in the saddlebags at his feet .

(Bruce Palmer, "My Brother's Keeper", Many Are...)

He reached down and closed his fingers on the man 's upper arm .

(Octavia Waldo, A Cup of the Sun....)

He expected Concetta 's thin hand to reach down to grasp the boy , and her shrill , impetuous voice to sound against the rotundity of his disfigured flesh that was never sure of hearing anything .

Related terms

move reach_out

[ verb ] be in communication with, establish communication with


"Our advertisements reach millions" "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia"

Used in print

(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)

Of the two cherished achievements the elderly Spahn 's hitless pitching probably reached the most hearts .

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

Yet it is the accumulation of distortion , the fitting together of fractional bits until the total reaches the threshold of our awareness , that makes records sound like records .

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

To be fit , one has_to start early with young children , and today the only person who really reaches such children is the teacher of dance .

(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

The work done by the analysts , the men who really know what folklore is all about , has no_more appeal than any other work of a truly scientific sort and reaches a limited , learned audience .

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

Word reached the company that the man behind these depredations was Manuel_Gonzales , a man with many followers , including a number who were kept in line through fear of him .

[ verb ] to gain with effort


: "she achieved her goal despite setbacks."

Used in print

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)

The two top talents of the time , Mickey_Mantle and Willie_Mays , have hit the ball harder and more successfully so_far this early season than at any period in careers which , to be frank about it , never have quite reached expectations .

(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)

He went_into the Jewish_quarter , wanting to draw Hebraic faces so_that he could reach a visual understanding of how Christ might have looked .

(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)

When Peter had reached his majority at eighteen ?

[ verb ] to extend as far as


extend_to touch


"The sunlight reached the wall" "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall"

Used in print

(Raymond C. Binder et al., editors, Proceedings...)

This arrangement had the purpose to prevent heated gas to reach the thermocouple by natural convection .

(W. H. Gass, "The Pedersen Kid," in The...)

He always slept close_to the wall so you had to lean to reach him .

(John Hazard Wildman, "Take It Off," The Arizona...)

I have no notion why I reached .

[ verb ] reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"


"We made it!" "She may not make the grade"

Used in print

([Anonymous,] "The Attack on Employee Services"...)

Is it reaching these goals ?

(Ralph J. Salisbury, "On the Old Santa Fe Trail...)

I let_up on the accelerator , only to gradually reach again the 60 m._p._h. which would , I hoped , overhaul Herry and the blonde , and as there were cars whose drivers apparently had something more important to catch than had I , Mrs._Major_Roebuck settled_down to practicing on Corporal_Johnson the kittenish wiles she would need when making her duty call on Colonel and Mrs. Somebody in Sante_Fe .

Related terms

achieve arrival

[ noun ] the limits within which something can be effective




"range of motion" "he was beyond the reach of their fire"

Used in print

(Richard Ferber, Bitter Valley....)

She glanced around the clearing , taking_in the wagon and the load of supplies and trappings scattered over the ground , the two kids , the whiteface bull that was chewing its cud just within the far reaches of the firelight .

Related terms

limit view earshot rifle_range

[ noun ] an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control


: "the range of a supersonic jet" within the scope of an investigation" "outside the reach of the law" "in the political orbit of a world power"

Used in print

(James Bryant Conant, Slums and Suburbs...)

In my view , there should be a school which offers significant vocational_programs for boys within easy reach of every family in a city .

(Robert E. Lane, The Liberties of Wit: Humanism, Critici...)

Probably the most important thing to focus_on is not the development of conscience , which may well be almost beyond the reach of literature , but the contents of conscience , the code which is imparted to the developed or immature conscience available .

[ noun ] the act of physically reaching or thrusting out


stretch reaching

Used in print

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

She can remove all knick-knacks within reach .

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

This he placed within quick reach .

Related terms

motion outreach stretch

[ verb ] 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"

Used in print

(Anita Loos, No Mother to Guide Her....)

By the time Barco reached the count of three , the situation seemed to Welch almost too good to be true .

[ noun ] the limit of capability


range grasp compass


"within the compass of education"

Used in print

(The Family Fallout Shelter. Office of Civil and Defence...)

An alternate roof , perhaps more within do-it-yourself reach , could be constructed of heavy wooden roof beams , overlaid with boards and waterproofing .

Related terms

capability sight range

[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 12536
[ verb ] to exert much effort or energy


strain strive


: "straining our ears to hear."