am·bu·lance | \ˈam-byə-lən(t)s, -bə- also -ˌlan(t)s\

Definition of ambulance 

: a vehicle equipped for transporting the injured or sick

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Late Friday, police permitted one convoy of ambulances to drive the wounded to a nearby hospital but kept the rest of the students penned inside until Saturday. Washington Post,, "Two killed as pro-government militia traps protesters in Nicaraguan church," 14 July 2018 Ahmed al-Ansari, the ambulance authority head, said as many as 55 people were wounded and taken to hospital for treatment. Fox News, "Train derails in Egypt, 55 injured," 13 July 2018 Since the beginning of the year, Merrillville Police Department has recorded two ambulance calls and five domestic disturbance calls at the location, Chief Joseph Petruch said. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Merrillville Planned Parenthood sees protests, but no harassment like that cited for Fort Wayne branch closure," 13 July 2018 Both victims were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Jennifer Baker,, "Police shoot, kill pit bull after 2 attacked in NKY," 13 July 2018 The county has been charging ambulance users since 1995. Lois K. Solomon,, "County fails to collect $12 million in ambulance fees," 10 July 2018 Sturgess collapsed first and was taken to the hospital; later that day, an ambulance was sent back to bring Rowley to the emergency room as well. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "A British couple was poisoned with a lethal toxin. The UK is blaming Russia.," 5 July 2018 Devon quickly left work, arriving home around the same time the ambulance did. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Virginia girl, 3, uses FaceTime to save father's life after he suffers stroke," 12 July 2018 An ambulance later took Clooney to the nearest hospital, according to Cicognani. Claudio Lavanga /, NBC News, "George Clooney hospitalized after scooter crash in Italy," 10 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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8 Oct 2018

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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 \

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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