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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Ford also fired his .40-caliber handgun at passing vehicles, including an ambulance that was hit by his gunfire, the report said. Michael Kunzelman, The Seattle Times, "Trial to begin over deadly attack on Maryland police station," 23 Oct. 2018 Several ambulances were called to the scene, WREG-TV reported. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Tennessee nightclub shooting leaves several wounded, report says," 2 Oct. 2018 The lights and sirens went on and the ambulance sped off to the hospital. Tricia Powell As Told To Nicole Blades, Good Housekeeping, "When an Airline Served Nuts on My Flight, I Almost Died in Front of My Kids," 26 Sep. 2018 Fans who were concerned after Lil Xan posted an image of himself in the back of an ambulance need not worry, according to the rapper himself. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Lil Xan Was Reportedly Hospitalized for Eating Too Many Hot Cheetos," 25 Sep. 2018 Similarly, a vehicle that frequently visits hospital emergency rooms is likely an ambulance. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "In-vehicle wireless devices are endangering emergency first responders," 9 Aug. 2018 The former Disney princess reportedly had to be revived with the opioid treatment drug Narcan before being rushed in an ambulance to a Los Angeles area hospital. Fox News, "Demi Lovato 'awake' and 'stable' after apparent overdose in Hollywood mansion," 2 Oct. 2018 The kids were placed in ambulances and given medical assessments before being shuttled, some via helicopters, to Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, more than 30 miles away. Thomas Maresca And John Bacon, USA TODAY, "4 are out; 9 to go: Captivated world watches Thailand cave rescue," 9 July 2018 Both rode in an ambulance to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha man faces two felony counts after injuring police officer following violence and vandalism at home," 22 June 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 \

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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