wheel·​chair | \ ˈhwēl-ˌcher How to pronounce wheelchair (audio) , 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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Hamza’s brother, 13-year-old Zaid, attended the funeral in a wheelchair, with bandaged gunshot wounds on his leg from the Al Noor mosque shooting where his father and older brother died. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "16-Year-Old Syrian Refugee Hamza Mustafa Was One of the First Christchurch Victims Laid to Rest," 20 Mar. 2019 The stroke required him to use a wheelchair and weakened his voice. Aomar Ouali, The Seattle Times, "Algerian army chief calls for president to be declared unfit," 26 Mar. 2019 At the actual live staging of the show in front of the audience, the character who played Roger used a wheelchair. Vogue, "The Funniest Reactions to Rent Live, Which Was Not So Live After All," 28 Jan. 2019 The new round will have characters for prosthetic arms and legs, wheelchairs, and hearing aids, among others. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These New 2019 Emojis Are Super Inclusive and Your Group Text Will Appreciate It," 6 Feb. 2019 Riders earn points for every dollar spent on Uber’s various products: one point for Uber Pool and Uber Eats orders; two points for UberX, UberXL, Select, and wheelchair accessible vehicles; and three points for Uber Black and Black SUV. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber rolls out its own airlines-style rewards program," 14 Nov. 2018 Winners Siena, 16, works to support students with autism and learning disabilities; Lily, 14, a wheelchair motocross competitor & anti-bullying campaigner Junior, 14. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Had Two Secret Meetings This Week While Everyone Was Focused on Harry & Meghan," 19 Oct. 2018 After Williams' death in 2014, Phoenix was tapped to play Callahan, who readjusts to life in a wheelchair alongside his new stewardess girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and spiritual AA sponsor (Jonah Hill). Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Gus Vant Sant Opens Up on How Robin Williams Shaped 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'," 12 July 2018 Police are searching for a group of robbers who lure in South Loop victims with a man panhandling from a wheelchair. Paige Fry, chicagotribune.com, "Man in wheelchair lured South Loop robbery victims," 9 July 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 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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