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

Noun They carried her out to the ambulance on a stretcher.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Three rescuers climbed down a ladder to reach Roberts and used a stretcher to pull him to safety just before 2 p.m. local time, according to Maharta. Jack Guy And Eric Cheung, CNN, "British man rescued after six days trapped in a well in Bali," 8 June 2020 The Detroit Free Press has requested more information on the person loaded onto a stretcher. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Police Chief James Craig, neighbors speak against outside agitators," 3 June 2020 One protester had blood running down the side of his face, and another was taken away on a stretcher. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit curfew to end Sunday, but police chief will decide whether to enforce it," 4 June 2020 In a video shot by a bystander, after about eight minutes in the hold, Floyd's body goes limp and unresponsive before he is placed on a stretcher and put into an ambulance. Fox News, "George Floyd's death: Faith leaders call for prayer amid violent unrest in Minneapolis," 28 May 2020 Horrifying video of the incident spread quickly on social media Tuesday, showing the police officer ignoring Floyd’s pleas for help until first responders put him, unresponsive, on a stretcher. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "George Floyd.," 28 May 2020 Some patients are waiting six hours to be seen, while others on stretchers wait 50 to 60 hours for a bed. NBC News, "Britons coughing at emergency workers could face jail," 27 Mar. 2020 The basketball player from Chicago, who played for Illinois State before transferring to Hofstra University, was taken off the floor on a stretcher after going into cardiac arrest, according to Michigan Live. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "NBA G League Player Zeke Upshaw, 26, Dies After Collapsing on Court During Game," 26 Mar. 2018 Paramedics then placed Whited on a stretcher and carried him out of the courthouse, in the presence of some of the potential jurors who gathered in the hallway, Stone said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "An Ohio judge determined to hold a trial, a defendant removed from the courtroom with coronavirus symptoms illustrate perils of pandemic-era trials," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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,, "Basketball Twitter Reacts to Isaiah Canaan's Ankle Injury," 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., "Tottenham Sweat on Juan Foyth Ankle Injury After Defender Is Stretchered Off in Audi Cup Final," 1 Aug. 2019 Dortmund's disappointing afternoon ended with Michy Batshuayi being stretchered off in injury time. Afp,, "Bundesliga Recap: Schalke win Ruhr derby over Dortmund, bolster grip on 2nd place," 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., "Pep Guardiola Confirms Aymeric Laporte Will Miss '5 or 6 Months' After Knee Surgery," 13 Sep. 2019 Sabourin, concussed and his nose broken, was stretchered off the ice and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital after colliding with Backes Nov. 2., "Patrice Bergeron," 11 Dec. 2019 The All-Star guard was stretchered off the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Here are the top 10 Indiana sports stories of 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 Backes, with a substantial record of concussions, promptly made his way to the dressing room when Sabourin was stretchered off the ice., "Charlie McAvoy," 24 Nov. 2019 There were more concerns over a head injury as Georgia scrum half Gela Aprasidze was stretchered off after clashing heads with his teammate. Ben Morse, CNN, "Australia beats Georgia in error-strewn game to go top of group," 11 Oct. 2019

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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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“Stretcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Medical Definition of stretcher

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

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