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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But on the ride to New Amsterdam, their vehicle was hit by another ambulanceThe crash site was a grim scene. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "That ‘New Amsterdam’ Finale Crash Was So Intense and People Are Not Okay," 15 May 2019 The proposal to create such an ambulance ship is in the Navy’s Unfunded Priorities list for fiscal year 2020. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Wants a New 'Ambulance Ship' to Treat War Wounded," 26 Mar. 2019 An ambulance carried people injured during a clash on Friday with the Venezuelan National Guard in the southern Venezuelan town of Kumarakapay, near the border with Brazil. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Showdown at Venezuelan Border Turns Deadly," 22 Feb. 2019 According to the publication, the accident took place on the A149 and an ambulance was called for minor injuries. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Philip Was Involved in a Car Accident Near Sandringham Yesterday," 18 Jan. 2019 USA TODAY Sports MOSCOW — Celebrations of England’s World Cup quarterfinal victory over Sweden spilled out of control on Saturday, as reports of criminal damage to an ambulance and a record number of distress calls emerged. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England fans damage ambulance, set record for emergency calls," 8 July 2018 Police said he was transferred to an ambulance, where he was strapped to a stretcher after spitting at officers and medical staff. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Man charged with assaulting Secret Service agent outside White House," 3 July 2018 Cason lifted Raven and sprinted to a waiting ambulance. The Courier-Journal, "Danger in the cage: Lax regulation in amateur MMA puts lives at risk," 21 June 2018 After transferring him to an ambulance, the authorities called a helicopter to take him to a hospital in Corpus Christi, Tex. Melissa Gomez, New York Times, "Texas Man’s Near-Fatal Lesson: A Decapitated Snake Can Still Bite," 7 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 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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