What does stretcher mean?

Definitions for stretcher
ˈstrɛtʃ ərstretch·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stretchernoun

    a wooden framework on which canvas is stretched and fixed for oil painting

  2. stretchernoun

    a mechanical device used to make something larger (as shoes or gloves) by stretching it

  3. stretchernoun

    a litter for transporting people who are ill or wounded or dead; usually consists of a sheet of canvas stretched between two poles

  4. capstone, copestone, coping stone, stretchernoun

    a stone that forms the top of wall or building


  1. stretchernoun

    A simple litter designed to carry a sick, injured, or dead person.

  2. stretchernoun

    A frame on which a canvas is stretched for painting.

  3. stretchernoun

    A device to stretch shoes or gloves.

  4. stretchernoun

    A brick laid with the longest side exposed (compare header).

  5. stretchernoun

    A lie.

  6. stretchernoun

    A board against which a rower places his feet

  7. stretchernoun

    penis, especially a long penis

  8. stretcherverb

    to carry (an injured person) on a stretcher.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stretchernoun

    Etymology: from stretch.

    Tooth in the stretching course two inches with the stretcher only. Joseph Moxon.

    This fiery speech inflames his fearful friends,
    They tug at ev’ry oar, and ev’ry stretcher bends. Dryden.


  1. Stretcher

    A stretcher, gurney, litter, or pram is an apparatus used for moving patients who require medical care. A basic type (cot or litter) must be carried by two or more people. A wheeled stretcher (known as a gurney, trolley, bed or cart) is often equipped with variable height frames, wheels, tracks, or skids. Stretchers are primarily used in acute out-of-hospital care situations by emergency medical services (EMS), military, and search and rescue personnel. In medical forensics the right arm of a corpse is left hanging off the stretcher to let paramedics know it is not a wounded patient. They are also used to hold prisoners during lethal injections in the United States.


  1. stretcher

    A stretcher is a portable frame or flexible object used for carrying, transporting or moving an ill, injured, or incapacitated person from one place to another. They are widely used in medical emergencies, hospitals, ambulance services, and search and rescue operations. They usually involve a combination of lightweight, strong material and handles for easy lifting or pulling.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stretchernoun

    one who, or that which, stretches

  2. Stretchernoun

    a brick or stone laid with its longer dimension in the line of direction of the wall

  3. Stretchernoun

    a piece of timber used in building

  4. Stretchernoun

    a narrow crosspiece of the bottom of a boat against which a rower braces his feet

  5. Stretchernoun

    a crosspiece placed between the sides of a boat to keep them apart when hoisted up and griped

  6. Stretchernoun

    a litter, or frame, for carrying disabled, wounded, or dead persons

  7. Stretchernoun

    an overstretching of the truth; a lie

  8. Stretchernoun

    one of the rods in an umbrella, attached at one end to one of the ribs, and at the other to the tube sliding upon the handle

  9. Stretchernoun

    an instrument for stretching boots or gloves

  10. Stretchernoun

    the frame upon which canvas is stretched for a painting


  1. Stretcher

    A stretcher is a medical device used for short-term carrying of patients who require medical care. Stretchers are primarily used in acute out-of-hospital care situations by EMS, military, and Search and rescue personnel. Stretchers can be equipped with a variable height lower frame containing wheels, tracks, or skids to allow the stretcher to be moved more easily. A simple stretcher does not have such a frame and therefore needs to be carried by two or more people. Despite these differences, their essential function remains the same. They can often be referred to as a cot, litter, gurney, bed or cart

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. stretcher

    See litter.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stretcher


Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. stretcher

    A litter or frame for carrying sick, wounded, or dead persons.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stretcher in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stretcher in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of stretcher in a Sentence

  1. Sonja Nixon Frazier:

    I saw him grab one of their arms when they were lifting him up in the stretcher and that was when I knew he would be okay, i don't look at Sonja Nixon Frazier as a hero. This is what I was supposed to do. It doesn't matter who he was or what skin color he had. I knew I was there to save his life. But it really was overwhelming emotionally. After I just smoked a cigarette and cried.

  2. Giulio Gallera:

    This measure was key to save lives at a time when we couldn't find a corner in emergency rooms to put someone on a stretcher.

  3. Matthew Meyers:

    It was tough to get him back to the trail, we are going to have to build a stretcher.

  4. Susana Calderon:

    I saw my husband when they put me on a stretcher to take me to hospital, he was very badly wounded. He had a broken arm, like me. He had many wounds on his back, his waist, his whole spine, his legs.

  5. Mike Manazir:

    The joint fight is a greater stretcher than just the Navy fight.

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