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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Uber Uber has unveiled a new initiative that aims to provide improved service for riders with disabilities, aiming to improve on a poor record of serving users in wheelchairs. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can Uber offer improved service to riders in wheelchairs?," 20 Nov. 2018 The Seats The interior aisles of the train cars measure an impressive 32 inches (vs. an airplane’s 20), granting ample space for all boarding travelers, including those in wheelchairs or with strollers. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Riding the Brightline, America’s Train of the Future," 25 Sep. 2018 Two women in Vancouver, B.C., formed a community on Instagram for partners of men in wheelchairs. Amber Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "‘We’re the only ones who understand our situation’: Wives and girlfriends of men in wheelchairs form unique sisterhood," 10 Sep. 2018 That’s not to say every salon experience is abysmal for people in wheelchairs. Madison Lawson, Glamour, "It Shouldn't Be This Hard for a Woman in a Wheelchair to Get a Pedicure," 7 Aug. 2018 DeAngelo, in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffed to a wheelchair, appeared alongside Howard. NBC News, "Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo fights DNA collection effort," 3 May 2018 She was experimented on, injected with hormones, confined to a wheelchair, exhibited to medical students. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Listening to the Words of Puerto Rican Poet Julia de Burgos After Hurricane Maria," 1 May 2018 Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, appeared very frail and could barely answer the judge's questions as he was wheeled into the courtroom, handcuffed to the wheelchair, at the Sacramento County Jail. Jennifer Summer, Houston Chronicle, "Conroe man indicted for murder in East County man's death," 28 Apr. 2018 For decades, Hawking was confined to a wheelchair by a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a neurological disease that handcuffs movement. Dan Vergano, Cincinnati.com, "Stephen Hawking, legendary physicist, dies at 76, family says," 14 Mar. 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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