stretch·​er | \ ˈstre-chər How to pronounce stretcher (audio) \

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

But the sight of Kosovare Asllani being carried off the pitch on a stretcher towards the end of the match, after being hit by the ball following an aerial duel, was a sour ending. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Netherlands will face US in Women's World Cup final after beating Sweden," 3 July 2019 Executed on translucent silk that reveals the underlying structure of the stretcher bars, the painting itself feels like an apparition. Sharon Mizota,, "Art as a portal to Korean ancestors? The mesmerizing work of Hanna Hur," 1 July 2019 Later, when the photographer is on a stretcher, his eyes are closed and his lips slightly parted. Emmanuel Iduma, The New York Review of Books, "‘Gone Like a Meteor’: Epitaph for the Lost Youth of the Biafran War," 30 May 2019 Firefighters strapped the worker to a portable stretcher device before using the aerial ladder to safely remove him from the yacht, Kane said. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Firefighters use ladder to rescue injured worker from yacht," 17 June 2019 Footage from San Diego News Video showed paramedics putting the woman into the back of an ambulance on a stretcher as police officers taped off the scene and interviewed potential witnesses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman shot at Bay Terraces apartment complex, San Diego police say," 14 June 2019 McClatchy was rescued soon after, and a crew brought him out of the woods on a stretcher. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "'Ants were my nemesis': Hiker lost for 6 days recounts surviving in Arkansas wilderness," 14 June 2019 Enter the parabalini, sometime stretcher-bearers, sometime assassins, who viciously flayed alive the brilliant Alexandrian mathematician and pagan philosopher Hypatia. Bettany Hughes, New York Times, "How Christians Destroyed the Ancient World," 8 June 2018 She was then strapped onto a rescue stretcher basket. Char Adams,, "14-Year-Old Girl Gets Stuck in Chimney After Locking Herself Out of Family's California Home," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pro-democracy legislator Claudia Mo was seen being stretchered into an ambulance. Time Staff, Time, "On the Anniversary of Its Return to Chinese Sovereignty, Hong Kong Flies the Rebel Flag," 1 July 2019 He was eventually stretchered of the pitch, leaving the Gunners fearing the worst., "France Confirms Laurent Koscielny Will Miss World Cup With Achilles Injury," 4 May 2018 The Arsenal captain was stretchered off in the opening exchanges of his side's 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday evening after a somewhat innocuous off-the-ball turn led to the defender being unable to carry on., "Arsene Wenger Admits Laurent Koscielny Will Miss World Cup if Scan Confirms Achilles Tear," 4 May 2018 Auburn forward Anfernee McLemore was stretchered off the court late in the first half of Saturday's game against South Carolina. Khadrice Rollins,, "Auburn's Anfernee McLemore Stretchered Off Court After Horrific Ankle Injury," 17 Feb. 2018 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

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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)

British : to carry (someone) on a stretcher


stretch·​er | \ ˈstre-chər How to pronounce stretcher (audio) \

Kids Definition of stretcher

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


stretch·​er | \ ˈstrech-ər How to pronounce stretcher (audio) \

Medical Definition of stretcher

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

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