stretcher

noun
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

stretcher

verb
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 Though the incident wasn't as scary looking as the Maple Leafs' John Tavares leaving the ice on a stretcher after taking a knee to the head, the Boston Bruins announced that defenseman Kevan Miller had to go to the hospital for tests Friday night. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 22 May 2021 Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares was discharged from the hospital one day after leaving the ice on a stretcher following a knee to his head. BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2021 As police secured a perimeter around the tree, wildlife officers shot the puma with a tranquilizer dart and carried it down from its perch on a stretcher, Paglia said. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 He was pronounced dead, and his body was taken out in a bag on a stretcher. jsonline.com, 20 May 2021 One unconscious woman lay on the sand before she was carried away on a stretcher. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 Tyrell Fuimano was late, hard and high on Ryan Papenhuyzen, causing the Melbourne fullback to be carried from the field on a stretcher. Mike Meehall Wood, Forbes, 19 May 2021 One unconscious woman laid on the sand before she was carried away on a stretcher. Renata Brito And Aritz Parra, USA TODAY, 18 May 2021 One unconscious woman laid on the sand before she was carried away on a stretcher. Ranata Brito, Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2021 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, 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 Sabourin, concussed and his nose broken, was stretchered off the ice and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital after colliding with Backes Nov. 2. BostonGlobe.com, 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. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of stretcher

Noun

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

Verb

1973, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Stretcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stretcher. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for stretcher

stretcher

noun

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

stretcher

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stretcher (Entry 2 of 2)

British : to carry (someone) on a stretcher

stretcher

noun
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

stretcher

noun
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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