stretcher

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noun

stretch·​er ˈstre-chər How to pronounce stretcher (audio)
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a
: one that stretches
especially : a device or machine for stretching or expanding something
b
: an exaggerated story : a tall tale
2
a
: 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

stretcher

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verb

stretchered; stretchering; stretchers

transitive verb

: to carry or transport on a stretcher

Examples of stretcher in a Sentence

Noun They carried her out to the ambulance on a stretcher.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
He was carried out of the house unconscious on a stretcher and spent the night in the hospital, the lawsuit states. Lisa Rathke, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2024 She was then airlifted from the foliage on a stretcher and transported to a nearby hospital by emergency medical services. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2024 Babies were being delivered in the waiting room, or crowning on a stretcher in the hallway, the four beds being occupied. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2024 With less than two minutes left before halftime, a Mustangs girls basketball player suffered an apparent neck injury on a fall and was eventually taken out on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 3 Jan. 2024 One Argentina fan lay on the pitch with a bloodied face before being taken from the stadium on a stretcher. Reuters, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023 His stretcher was loaded onto a private jet set to take him to the undisclosed medical facility. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2023 The girl can be seen being carried out of the home and put on a stretcher before she was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, where medical staff said the quick response and care the girl received likely saved her life. Pilar Arias, Fox News, 17 Dec. 2023 The massive find was too heavy for a single person to carry, so Jacobs called Etches, and the two of them created a makeshift stretcher to haul the fossil away. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Dec. 2023
Verb
The stool features stability stretchers on the base that double as footrests and create visual interest. Addie Morton, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2024 Downstairs, the hospital’s E.R. was in full, frenetic swing—the nurses drawing blood, the techs gathering vital signs, the doctors migrating from stretcher to stretcher in small teams. Ricardo Nuila, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2023 One person was rescued by firefighters using a rigid basket or stretcher and lowered by a rope system to the ground. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2023 Cut each leg and stretcher slightly oversize and smooth each cut end, bringing the leg to finished dimension. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 16 Jan. 2021 Late in the first quarter of Wednesday's game between the Suns and the Mavericks, Phoenix guard Isaiah Canaan needed to be stretchered off the court after fracturing his left ankle. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, 1 Feb. 2018 Tottenham are awaiting a fitness update on versatile defender Juan Foyth after the 21-year-old was stretchered off with an ankle injury during the pre-season Audi Cup final against Bayern Munich. SI.com, 1 Aug. 2019 Dortmund's disappointing afternoon ended with Michy Batshuayi being stretchered off in injury time. Afp, chicagotribune.com, 15 Apr. 2018 Laporte was stretchered off in the first half of City’s recent Premier League win over Brighton and subsequently underwent successful surgery. SI.com, 13 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stretcher was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stretcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stretcher. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

stretcher

noun
stretch·​er
ˈstrech-ər
1
: one that stretches
especially : a device or machine for stretching or expanding something
2
: a device that resembles a cot and is used for carrying a sick, injured, or dead person

Medical Definition

stretcher

noun
stretch·​er ˈstrech-ər How to pronounce stretcher (audio)
: a device for carrying a sick, injured, or dead person

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