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 To ease his pain and keep him comfortable, staff must move the boy's position every two hours -- from sitting in a wheelchair, to strapping him into a standing position, to lying down. oregonlive, "A story in The Oregonian changed his family’s life forever, and set his career choice," 30 June 2020 Plus a right-wing group that has previously swayed some of Abbott's decisions was caught on tape mocking him for being in a wheelchair. Scott Braddock, Houston Chronicle, "Listen: Pushing the pause button on reopening Texas," 25 June 2020 Wallace, humbled and in a wheelchair, eventually apologized. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "NASCAR is the George Wallace of sports," 24 June 2020 Walchanowicz explained that a child in a wheelchair can access the merry-go-round as well as the new sand tables, which are located next to the sandbox and are at sitting-level. Laura Bednar, cleveland, "Independence Opens Newly Constructed Section of Liberty Playground," 20 June 2020 Alcott, a native of Australia, won the quads — the newest division of wheelchair tennis that applies to players without function of an upper limb — Australian Open for the fifth straight time in January. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Dylan Alcott slams US Open for moving ahead without wheelchair competition: 'Disgusting discrimination'," 19 June 2020 Mixed doubles, wheelchair tennis and the junior competition have all been canceled. CNN, "Dylan Alcott slams 'disgusting discrimination' as US Open omits wheelchair tennis," 18 June 2020 It can be raised up to four inches to accommodate someone in a wheelchair or donning prosthetic limbs. Veronika Bondarenko, NBC News, "Adaptive clothing for women and men that is stylish and functional," 9 June 2020 Srin Madipalli is a devoted world traveler who uses a wheelchair. oregonlive, "Get away to an Oregon vacation home with a dock: Make a splash with the whole family," 19 June 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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4 Jul 2020

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“Wheelchair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelchair. Accessed 4 Jul. 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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