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

Hospital staff lifted him onto a stretcher while family tried to comfort him. Hannah Leone,, "Girl, 12, visiting Chicago from Michigan shot and killed after attending favorite cousin's graduation," 15 June 2018 LeVert’s injury initially appeared similar to the severe leg injuries suffered in recent years by Paul George and Gordon Hayward, and players prayed and some were in tears as a stretcher was brought onto the court to take LeVert to a hospital. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Nets say LeVert could return from foot injury this season," 13 Nov. 2018 At the Adi Jasa Funeral Home, the mother of two young victims was wheeled in on a stretcher from an ambulance to view the bodies of her sons. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Surabaya bombing families studied religious texts together," 15 May 2018 The works are composed of multiple, fragmentary objects made of plain canvas or lead wrapped around stretchers. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Optimism is opening an art gallery, and its name is Burning in Water," 27 Apr. 2018 Mark the joint positions on the legs and stretchers. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Build This Rustic Farmhouse Table," 1 Mar. 2018 Rescue workers carried people on stretchers to waiting helicopters. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Italian Bridge Collapses, Killing Dozens, Including Children," 15 Aug. 2018 Video footage captured overturned cars and several people being carried away on stretchers. Washington Post, "Turkey: Train derailment kills at least 10, injures 73," 8 July 2018 Video footage captured overturned cars and several people being carried away on stretchers. Zeynep Bilginsoy,, "Train derailment in Turkey kills at least 10, injures 73," 8 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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