wheel·​chair | \ ˈ(h)wēl-ˌcher How to pronounce wheelchair (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Did Eleanor Roosevelt, the nation's longest serving first lady (1933-45), hide the fact that her husband, President Franklin Roosevelt, was in a wheelchair after contracting another lethal virus, polio, in 1921? Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Trump, Melania deal with COVID-19: How have past first ladies handled health crises?," 9 Oct. 2020 Madeline Feliciano of Hudson Street was in a wheelchair when she and another pedestrian were struck by an Acura MDX SUV at Park and Washington streets at about 1:40 a.m. on Oct. 1, according to Lt. Paul Cicero. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Victim identified in fatal, Hartford hit-and-run at Park and Washington streets," 5 Oct. 2020 Around him play news clips of protesters, of empty shelves, of numbers adding up — as well as those of masked medical workers cheering as a waving patient is rolled in a wheelchair out of hospital doors. Leslie Barker, Dallas News, "This goosebump-inducing song from a Dallas church’s music director is a call to faith and resilience," 1 Oct. 2020 The family captured the moment when the two reunited -- a very pregnant Davila, pushing Sebastian out of the hospital doors in a wheelchair, and Hunter running toward his brother for a hug and a kiss. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando 5-year-old battles brain cancer during COVID pandemic," 30 Sep. 2020 Concerns mounted during his brief reign as he was seen in public only in a wheelchair and did not speak. Arkansas Online, "Kuwait ruler, longtime diplomat Sheikh Sabah, dies at age 91," 29 Sep. 2020 Concerns mounted during his brief reign as he was seen in public only in a wheelchair and did not speak. John Gambrell And Adam Schreck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Kuwait's Sheikh Sabah remembered for his diplomatic approach," 29 Sep. 2020 His grandmother was in a wheelchair as a result of breaking her knee in a fall. Max Blau, ProPublica, "He Wanted to Fix Rural America’s Broken Nursing Homes. Now, Taxpayers May Be on the Hook for $76 Million.," 22 Sep. 2020 The 31-year-old Miami Gardens man made his first court appearance in a wheelchair Tuesday morning where he was ordered to remain in jail without bond. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "No bond for man accused in Pembroke Lakes Mall armed robbery," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of wheelchair

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wheelchair was circa 1700

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20 Oct 2020

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“Wheelchair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelchair. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce wheelchair (audio) , 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 How to pronounce wheelchair (audio) \

Medical Definition of wheelchair

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

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