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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The suspect was said to have been complaining about the nurses in the facility and the victim, who is wheelchair-bound, was trying to calm him. cleveland.com, "Woman’s wrist worth 97 cents, but Walmart doesn’t buy it: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 3 July 2019 The mother was severely underslept, wheelchair-bound, and unable to walk or lie down due to pain from an emergency C-section. Alejandra Salazar, refinery29.com, "Teen Mother & Her Premature Newborn Neglected For A Week In Border Patrol Custody," 15 June 2019 This season follows Abby Lee Miller's return to the dance studio after serving prison time for felony bankruptcy fraud and trying to recover from some scary health issues that have left her wheelchair-bound. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Who Is “Dance Moms” Star Gianna Martello and How Did She Meet Abby Lee Miller?," 11 June 2019 Ali Stroker makes history Stroker won tonight for her portrayal of Ado Annie in the revival of Oklahoma, making her the first actress who uses a wheelchair to win a Tony Award in history. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "The best moments of the 2019 Tony Awards," 10 June 2019 Her mom, 84, now has chronic neuropathy in her lower legs and uses a wheelchair. Dallas News, "'Texas in my heart': Aging Tongans still call Euless home," 6 June 2019 Moreno, a 66-year-old who uses a wheelchair after being shot and paralyzed from the waist down in a 1998 robbery, is usually a jovial figure. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "After 7 long years, Assange’s capture happened quickly," 16 Apr. 2019 Minnesota’s Denise Smieja, who broke two bones in her foot on Friday, downsized from the marathon to the 5-kilometer race and completed it in a wheelchair pushed by fellow Minnesota runner Shawn Wiski. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Caroline Kurgat smashes Mayor’s half marathon record," 23 June 2019 The baby of the family, single mom Rosie (Ruth Madeley) uses a wheelchair due to spina bifida. Judy Berman, Time, "HBO's Quasi-Dystopian Years and Years Is the Future Liberals Fear," 22 June 2019

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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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