What does ambulance mean?

Definitions for ambulance
ˈæm byə lənsam·bu·lance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ambulancenoun

    a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals

Wiktionary

  1. ambulancenoun

    An emergency vehicle that transports sick or injured people to a hospital.

    Etymology: From ambulance, from ambulant, from ambulare.

  2. ambulancenoun

    A mobile field hospital.

    Etymology: From ambulance, from ambulant, from ambulare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ambulancenoun

    a field hospital, so organized as to follow an army in its movements, and intended to succor the wounded as soon as possible. Often used adjectively; as, an ambulance wagon; ambulance stretcher; ambulance corps

    Etymology: [F. ambulance, hpital ambulant, fr. L. ambulare to walk. See Amble.]

  2. Ambulancenoun

    an ambulance wagon or cart for conveying the wounded from the field, or to a hospital

    Etymology: [F. ambulance, hpital ambulant, fr. L. ambulare to walk. See Amble.]

Freebase

  1. Ambulance

    An ambulance is a vehicle for transportation of sick or injured people to, from or between places of treatment for an illness or injury, and in some instances will also provide out of hospital medical care to the patient. The word is often associated with road going emergency ambulances which form part of an emergency medical service, administering emergency care to those with acute medical problems. The term ambulance does, however, extend to a wider range of vehicles other than those with flashing warning lights and sirens. The term also includes a large number of non-urgent ambulances which are for transport of patients without an urgent acute condition and a wide range of urgent and non-urgent vehicles including trucks, vans, bicycles, motorbikes, station wagons, buses, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, boats, and even hospital ships. The term ambulance comes from the Latin word ambulare, meaning to walk or move about which is a reference to early medical care where patients were moved by lifting or wheeling. The word originally meant a moving hospital, which follows an army in its movements. During the American Civil War vehicles for conveying the wounded off the field of battle were called ambulance wagons. Field hospitals were still called ambulances during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and in the Serbo-Turkish war of 1876 even though the wagons were first referred to as ambulances about 1854 during the Crimean War.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ambulance

    am′būl-ans, n. a carriage which follows an army and serves as a movable hospital for the wounded—also used as an adj., as in ambulance wagon.—n. Ambulan′cier, a man attached to an ambulance.—adj. Am′bulant, walking: moving from place to place: (rare) unfixed.—v.t. and v.i. Am′bulate (rare), to walk.—p.adj. Am′bulating.—n. Ambulā′tion.—adj. Am′bulatory, having the power or faculty of walking: moving from place to place, not stationary: mutable.—n. any part of a building intended for walking in, as the aisles of a church, or the cloisters of a monastery: any kind of corridor. [Fr.—L. ambulans, -antis, pr.p. of ambulāre, to walk about.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'ambulance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4073

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ambulance' in Nouns Frequency: #1979

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ambulance in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ambulance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ambulance in a Sentence

  1. Medaria Arradondo:

    Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died a short time later.

  2. Melissa Ayling:

    My husband called out' hey little girl, can you get your mum to call an ambulance ? My wife's having a baby'.

  3. Jennifer Stepp:

    While you're waiting for the ambulance the person you're worried about is not getting enough oxygen, seconds count.

  4. Hero Teresa Gray '':

    There's amazing people doing amazing work out there, but they're very stationary. They come in, they set up, and patients come to them. I really saw a need for basically an ambulance-type response.

  5. Rohan Schoeman:

    APPLE WATCH CATCHES GRANDMOTHERS HEART CONDITION, POSSIBLY SAVING HER LIFE The couple went missing in a snowstorm after spending a weekend with friends on November 3. Rescuers located Marsh in time after her husband sent friends photographs of their location. She was flown by air ambulance to the ValldHebron Hospital in Barcelona, where she was connected to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine. The machine stands in for the heart and lungs, pumping blood through the arteries and heating it, which raises the body temperature.Doctors believed she could survive if they treated the hypothermia. This is an exceptional case on a global scale, Eduard Argudo, a doctor from the Vall dHebron hospital told a press conference.There are practically no cases of people being revived after their heart has stopped for so long. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUT LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER When she arrived at the hospital, Mashsheart was showing no electrical activity and her kidneys and lungs were not functioning, doctors said. Eduard Argudo said the sharp fall in her body temperature may have saved her as the cold preserved her organs. Six hours after entering cardio-respiratory arrest, Marshs heart began to beat naturally again. Marsh, who spent 11 days in hospital recovering, has not suffered any long-term brain damage but has trouble moving her hands which were affected by the cold. When I went home I had damage to my hands. I could not do up my buttons on trousers or put in my earrings. These are small things which are going to get better, she said. Rohan Schoeman, Rohan Schoeman, 36, who is South African and works as a teacher, said the couple had spent the weekend with friends but left early morning without them. At one point the snowfall became very heavy. We found a rock and tried to use it for shelter to avoid adverse weather conditions. Once visibility improved, I could see that our friends had tried to contact us, audrey was losing consciousness so I tried to send some photos to our friends of where we were.

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