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Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle equipped for transporting the injured or sick

Examples of ambulance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The injured victim was transported to Brookwood Freestanding ER by ambulance. Carol Robinson |, al, "3 teens - including 16-year-old - charged in Sunday-night robbery, assault in Hoover," 22 June 2020 He was taken by ambulance a week ago to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. Anne Fadiman, Wired, "Screen Share: A College Teacher’s Zoom Journal," 17 June 2020 DeLeon was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead. Dallas News, "Teenager killed in Saginaw shooting Monday night," 17 June 2020 He was taken to the hospital by ambulance on April 27 after barely making it to a doctor's appointment, Jones said. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "'A love story': Joe and Shina Kotarski, married 55 years, died days apart of coronavirus," 16 June 2020 The day after the flight, he was rushed by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with a high fever and phlegmy cough. Harriet Ryan, Anchorage Daily News, "Airline passengers brought COVID-19 into LAX in March — and no one warned the public," 15 June 2020 The victim was transported by ambulance to McLaren Hospital - Oakland, where he was listed in critical but stable condition, the sheriff's office said. Steve Pepple, Detroit Free Press, "Police: Pontiac man hit in head with bat during argument at baseball diamond," 15 June 2020 Of the six people injured in the crash, two were flown to the hospital via LifeFlight, while the other four were transported by ambulance. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "Multiple people, including children, injured in Crystal Beach crash," 13 June 2020 However, the man driving the car was also rushed by ambulance to the hospital for what New Berlin police suspect was an unnamed medical condition that caused the crash. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A driver lost control of his car and crashed it near a crowded playground at a New Berlin park, police say," 11 June 2020

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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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27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ambulance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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