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 Television news video showed a blue Mini Cooper Clubman, badly damaged and burned, being towed out of the home, with a woman sitting up on a stretcher and struggling as firefighters put her in an ambulance. Lynn Elber,, 6 Aug. 2022 In the video, Heche was covered in a white cloth while on a stretcher. cleveland, 6 Aug. 2022 Sky5 footage shows that Heche appeared to be conscious and communicating with firefighters as she was put into the ambulance on a stretcher. Glenn Garner, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 In the video, Heche was covered in a white cloth while on a stretcher. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Video posted by Montgomery firefighters showed one of the injured being removed from the scene on a stretcher. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 Rescuers laid him on a stretcher and he was quickly taken to a hospital. Francesca Ebel, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 July 2022 Rescuers laid him on a stretcher and he was quickly taken to a hospital. Francesca Ebel, ajc, 10 July 2022 Kenny Ramberg as he was rolled on a stretcher down a hallway to a waiting vehicle. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 9 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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,, 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., 1 Aug. 2019 Dortmund's disappointing afternoon ended with Michy Batshuayi being stretchered off in injury time. Afp,, 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., 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., 11 Dec. 2019 The All-Star guard was stretchered off the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, 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., 24 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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13 Aug 2022

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“Stretcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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