What does ambulance mean?

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ˈæm byə lənsam·bu·lance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ambulancenoun

    a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals


  1. ambulancenoun

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

  2. ambulancenoun

    A mobile field hospital.

  3. 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

  2. Ambulancenoun

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

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


  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. Rodney K. Harrison:

    When Negrin arrived at the scene and saw Chelsea in the back seat, his instincts kicked into play, his training, him being the father of three, he was able to calm Chelsea down, get Chelsea into a Ridge Fire Department ambulance – but that was the easy part.

  2. Thomas Lane:

    It seemed kind of excessive because we had an ambulance coming.

  3. Cyrus Iarrobino:

    When I looked down at my hand, I immediately told him to call 911, there wasn't a moment that I thought we could drive to the hospital. I knew we needed an ambulance.

  4. Jordan Woynilko:

    There were moms and dads yelling for their kids, people running around, when I rewatched the video, I could hear people talking, and they were like, 'There's eight people injured down there. We need an ambulance over here.' There's one lady kneeling on the ground crying.

  5. Daniel Nigro:

    It's a sad night for everybody in the department, this person has no business being in this ambulance.

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