am·​bu·​lance | \ ˈam-byə-lən(t)s How to pronounce ambulance (audio) , -bə- also -ˌlan(t)s\

Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle equipped for transporting the injured or sick

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And now, as part of its Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, Congress is taking steps to bring cost transparency to air ambulances. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The exciting new idea hospitals have to bring down drug prices," 8 Oct. 2018 Images of the plane shared by media and Twitter users show it in a standing area, away from any terminal, surrounded by ambulances and police. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Flight from Dubai quarantined in NY amid mystery illness, 521 on board," 5 Sep. 2018 Jordan was found lying unresponsive in the front yard of the home and was soon moved her to an ambulance. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "A Teen Was Locked Out of Her House. Her Grandfather Allegedly Fatally Shot Her When She Knocked on His Window to Get Back In," 17 Aug. 2018 The first of the four boys rescued Monday emerged shortly before 5 p.m. The boys were transferred to a hospital by ambulance and helicopter, and all were considered safe, according to authorities. Robyn Dixon,, "Divers rescue more boys from flooded Thailand cave, raising total saved to eight, while four boys and coach remain trapped," 9 July 2018 Officials said the woman fell about 25 feet about 12:30 p.m. She was airlifted from the trail to an ambulance located at Smithgall Woods. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Hiker rescued after falling down 25-foot embankment at Georgia trail," 9 July 2018 Then, a team of Sacramento Fire Department paramedics arrived and wheeled her on a stretcher out of the 13th floor courtroom to an ambulance waiting on the street outside the downtown federal courthouse. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "She nearly pleaded guilty to fraud in a Dixon movie studio scheme. Then she collapsed in court," 6 July 2018 Firefighters, fire stations There will be more ambulances and firefighters in Peoria. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "'We had sewage coming up from the drains': 5 ways northwest Valley cities are upgrading," 25 June 2018 In the horrific images, Melyssa lies on the freeway, bleeding from the head and in severe pain as bystanders and emergency personnel try to reassure her and get her into the ambulance. Alexia Fernandez,, "Former Bravo Star Melyssa Ford Seriously Injured in Horrific Crash with 18-Wheeler Truck," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of ambulance

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambulance

French, from (hôpital) ambulant, literally, ambulant field hospital, from ambulant itinerant, from Latin ambulant-, ambulans, present participle of ambulare

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The first known use of ambulance was in 1809

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English Language Learners Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle used for taking hurt or sick people to the hospital especially in emergencies


am·​bu·​lance | \ ˈam-byə-ləns How to pronounce ambulance (audio) \

Kids Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle used to carry a sick or injured person


am·​bu·​lance | \ ˈam-b(y)ə-lən(t)s also -ˌlan(t)s\

Medical Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle equipped for transporting the injured or sick

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