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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By then, diabetes, gout and other illnesses had forced Brice to start using a wheelchair and stop working. Nyssa Kruse, courant.com, "CRT Volunteer George Brice Helps The Hungry, 'Rain Or Shine'," 12 July 2018 Kernes uses a wheelchair after nearly being killed by an unidentified gunman in 2014. chicagotribune.com, "Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney," 10 July 2018 Dripps at times had used a wheelchair, scooter, walker and sometimes a cane. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "Family of man who shot 3 officers in South Elgin standoff says he was distraught with health, financial woes," 10 July 2018 For almost 20 years, Vera has learned to live using a wheelchair after a car accident left him paralyzed. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Handicapped soccer fan donates wheelchair to Russian man during FIFA World Cup in Moscow," 2 July 2018 Martin was paralyzed in a 1993 boating accident and must use a wheelchair. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Biz News: Balboa Island’s Art for the Soul to close in August as owner retires," 29 June 2018 Bible has Parkinson's and uses a wheelchair, a fact that has come up repeatedly in appeals over the past decade. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston serial killer denied clemency 2 days before scheduled execution," 25 June 2018 Rabbi Leibel Kudan says his 4-year-old daughter uses a wheelchair and must stay at home on the Sabbath, which is observed from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Ring of string is latest religious symbol to spur controversy," 22 June 2018 One of his sons has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. New York Times, "Taxi Drivers in New York Are Struggling. So Are Uber Drivers.," 17 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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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