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

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 Georgia was on a stretcher and unconscious, Lauren was bloodied on the street, and Helen was... nowhere to be found. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "That ‘New Amsterdam’ Finale Crash Was So Intense and People Are Not Okay," 15 May 2019 The soldiers soon followed, the Afghans struggling to hoist their wounded comrade’s stretcher up the incline. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 Following the strike, Al Masirah broadcast horrific images of lifeless bodies of children, covered in blood, and others who appeared severely wounded, lying on hospital stretchers crying and screaming in pain. Ahmed Al-haj And Menna Zaki, Fox News, "Yemen's Shiite rebels welcome UN call for Saudi strike probe," 10 Aug. 2018 His leg was immobilized and he was removed on a stretcher while surrounded by members of both teams. Erik GarcÍa Gundersen, The Seattle Times, "Blazers lose Nurkic to severe leg injury, edge Nets in 2 OTs," 26 Mar. 2019 If the lining is synthetic, the shoe stretcher can stick and leave a mark. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Stretch Shoes That Are Too Small," 24 Dec. 2018 Bafia followed the stretcher carrying Danny’s limp, unconscious body through the hallway and into the back of the ambulance outside the Gate 4 entrance. David Haugh, The Seattle Times, "Laughter, optimism surround ex-Mariner Danny Farquhar after brain aneurysm," 17 July 2018 Finish the wood stretchers with the same paint or stain as the shutter. Good Housekeeping, "How to Build a Shutter Side Table," 15 Apr. 2015

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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