stretch·​er | \ˈstre-chər \

Definition of stretcher 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one that stretches especially : a device or machine for stretching or expanding something

b : an exaggerated story : a tall tale

2a : a brick or stone laid with its length parallel to the face of the wall

b : a timber or rod used especially when horizontal as a tie in framed work

3 : a device for carrying a sick, injured, or dead person

4 : a rod or bar extending between two legs of a chair or table


stretchered; stretchering; stretchers

Definition of stretcher (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to carry or transport on a stretcher

Examples of stretcher in a Sentence


They carried her out to the ambulance on a stretcher.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Paramedics wheel in the 70-year-old on a stretcher and help him sit on the edge of a bed. Eliezer J. Sternberg, Discover Magazine, "The Man Who Lost His Language Overnight," 17 Aug. 2018 As Green stood in the middle of the Simon Bolivar International Bridge, Yolimar de Salcedo pushed her 82-year-old grandmother in a stretcher into Colombia in hopes of getting help for a fractured hip. Christine Armario, Fox News, "US pledges $6 million in new aid for Venezuelan migrants," 16 July 2018 The players were given scuba gear to get through the harrowing flooded parts and were wrapped in blankets and carried by stretcher over dry land. Anna Werner, CBS News, "New video of Thai cave rescue shows just how close divers came to disaster," 11 July 2018 By the time Jackson got home, Abernathy and Anita Reed were on stretchers and her daughter was shaken from the incident. Cortlynn Stark And Katie Bernard, kansascity, "Grandchildren saw grandma beaten to death by her mentally ill brother, relatives say," 18 June 2018 Scores of ambulances and stretchers waited to remove additional injured to hospitals., "May 27, 1954: Explosion rips carrier Bennington," 27 May 2018 Fifteen minutes into the video, he's taken off the property on a orange stretcher. Charles Rabin And Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "Witness says man shot by cops was no threat. Reps say cop heard he was armed over radio | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Riggers strung a web of static ropes for hoisting the cocoon-like stretchers over vast fields of jagged rocks. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 The 30-strong American team, which was integral to the planning, recommended that each child be confined in a flexible plastic cocoon, called a Sked, which is marketed as a rescue stretcher and is a standard part of the Air Force team’s gear. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The striker’s follow through resulted in McCarthy writhing around in agony on the turf, Rondon in tears for his part in the incident and the Blues’ medical team stretchering him off the field., "PHOTO: Everton Ace McCarthy Thanks Well Wishers After Successful Broken Leg Operation," 24 Jan. 2018 Sebastian Larsson of Sweden is stretchered off after a blow to the head. Andrew Keh And James Wagner, New York Times, "Mexico Loses to Sweden. Mexico Advances. Celebrate?," 28 June 2018 Aguilar was injured in the first half of Colombia's 3-0 victory over Poland last Sunday in Kazan and had to be stretchered off the field. Houston Chronicle, "Mexico, Sweden advance from group stage; defending World Cup champ Germany eliminated," 27 June 2018 However, defender Laurent Koscielny will not feature after he was stretchered off during Thursday's game against to Atlético Madrid., "Arsenal vs Burnley Preview: Classic Encounter, Team News, Prediction & More," 5 May 2018 French striker Yann Karamoh missed two golden chances in front of goal with the hosts losing midfielder Roberto Gagliardini who was stretchered off in the first half with a suspected hamstring problem. Emmeline Moore,, "Serie A Recap: Inter move up to third with Cagliari rout," 18 Apr. 2018 Defender Aïssatou Tounkara, playing in just her sixth international match, needed to be stretchered off the pitch with a cast on her lower left leg after a challenge on Germany’s Dzesnifer Marozsan. Jordan Culver,, "U.S. defeats England in Orlando, wins SheBelieves Cup," 8 Mar. 2018 Winston Reid has been stretchered off for West Ham after falling awkwardly., "Swansea 4-1 West Ham: Carvalhal Revival Continues With Ayew-Led Demolition of Hammers," 3 Mar. 2018 Mbappe, already bleeding from his head from an earlier challenge, had to be stretchered off and replaced by Julian Draxler after being flattened by some strong goalkeeping from Portuguese Lopes. Jed Court/afp,, "Ligue 1 Recap: Lyon upend PSG, Monaco regain 3rd place," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of stretcher


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1973, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stretcher

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device that is made of a long piece of thick cloth stretched between two poles and that is used for carrying an injured or dead person



English Language Learners Definition of stretcher (Entry 2 of 2)

: to carry (someone) on a stretcher


stretch·​er | \ˈstre-chər \

Kids Definition of stretcher

: a device like a cot used for carrying a sick or injured person


stretch·​er | \ˈstrech-ər \

Medical Definition of stretcher 

: a device for carrying a sick, injured, or dead person

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