wheel·chair | \ˈhwēl-ˌcher, ˈwēl-\

Definition of wheelchair 

: a chair mounted on wheels especially for the use of disabled persons

Examples of wheelchair in a Sentence

He was in a wheelchair for several months after the accident.

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That crash, his current lawyers argue, left Bible in a wheelchair and made him no longer a future danger - one of the requirements for a death sentence in Texas. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Judge rejects Houston serial killer's claims he's too ill to be executed," 22 June 2018 And then the youngest, the girl she had never seen, walked up to my mom who was in a wheelchair. Tom Hallman Jr., OregonLive.com, "A special request fulfilled for her 100th birthday: Tom Hallman," 3 June 2018 Another major fashion retailer, ASOS, was praised earlier this month for selling disability-friendly clothing with an ad featuring a model in a wheelchair. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Aerie's latest inclusive campaign featuring women with disabilities and medical conditions praised online," 12 July 2018 Hill, who lost both legs in a motor-vehicle accident while on active duty, sat in a wheelchair as his children used washable paint to decorate a patient pony named Root Beer with circles, stars, and wavy lines. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "At Maine retreat, disabled veterans find sense of belonging," 6 July 2018 Blessing was in a wheelchair at her initial court appearance Tuesday where her bond was set at $500,000 and a lawyer was being appointed to represent her. NBC News, "Woman, 92, accused of fatally shooting son who wanted to put her in assisted living," 4 July 2018 The video is peppered with an array of funky images, including flying dollar bills, a sports car, a hit man holding a gun, and 2 Chainz in a wheelchair to emphasize the track's buoyant lyrics. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "2 Chainz Releases Lyric Video for 'Bigger Than You' With Drake & Quavo," 2 July 2018 Here’s this young man sitting in a wheelchair because of this accident. Sam Donnellon, Philly.com, "Paralyzed Humboldt player Ryan Straschnitzki's optimism inspires Flyers | Sam Donnellon," 30 June 2018 One family, which included a member in a wheelchair, was placed in an apartment accessible only by five stairs. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some refugees resettling in America find gun violence instead of peace," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of wheelchair

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wheelchair

: a chair with wheels that is used by people who cannot walk because they are disabled, sick, or injured


wheel·chair | \ˈhwēl-ˌcher, ˈwēl-\

Kids Definition of wheelchair

: a chair with wheels used especially by sick, injured, or disabled people to get about


wheel·chair | \ˈhwē(ə)l-ˌche(ə)r, ˈwē(ə)l-, -ˌcha(ə)r \

Medical Definition of wheelchair 

: a chair mounted on wheels especially for the use of disabled individuals

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