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

The admiral said some actually fell asleep while on the stretchers. Robyn Dixon,, "Tears flow as Thai boys and parents see each other for first time since cave rescue," 11 July 2018 The streak stretcher came an inning after Rougned Odor launched a 447-foot homer. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: How the rotation could become even more jumbled by Aug. 1," 10 July 2018 The stretcher was loaded in through a hatch on the side, and then the men stood back. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Israel's Self-Flying 'Cormorant' Whisks Wounded Soldiers to Safety," 26 May 2018 Officials tell the Athens News the man in his 20s was taken from the scene on a stretcher with apparent serious burns. Cliff Pinckard,, "Explosion at apartment near Ohio University injures 1 person," 15 Apr. 2018 McCaw had to be taken from the court on a stretcher, diagnosed on Sunday with a lumbar spine contusion. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' P.J. Tucker avoids serious injury after dangerous play," 1 Apr. 2018 Starting forward Anfernee McLemore was lost for the season after being taken from the court on a stretcher with a dislocated left ankle. Aaron Beard, The Seattle Times, "TOP 25 REWIND: Michigan State, Villanova earn big road wins," 18 Feb. 2018 Their ambulances are old, the wheels on their stretchers are falling off and the modern technology used by most EMS units has yet to make it to Gonzales County. Caleb Downs, San Antonio Express-News, "Husband, wife accused of embezzling $150K in donations to Gonzales County EMS," 6 June 2018 Paramedics placed the man on a stretcher and moved him from the paved trail into an ambulance., "'Unacceptable and frustrating': Chicago sees most violent weekend of the year," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Neymar faces a race to be fit for the second leg of Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League last 16 tie against Real Madrid after he was stretchered off against Marseille in Sunday's Classique., "Neymar Facing Race to Be Fit for Real Madrid Clash After Being Stretchered Off in Le Classique," 26 Feb. 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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