What does wheelchair mean?

Definitions for wheelchair
ˈʰwilˌtʃɛər, ˈwil-wheel·cha·ir

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wheelchairnoun

    a movable chair mounted on large wheels; for invalids or those who cannot walk; frequently propelled by the occupant


  1. wheelchairnoun

    A chair mounted on large wheels for the transportation or use of a sick or disabled person.


  1. Wheelchair

    A wheelchair is a chair with wheels, used when walking is difficult or impossible due to illness, injury, problems related to old age, or disability. Wheelchairs come in a wide variety of formats to meet the specific needs of their users. They may include specialized seating adaptions, individualized controls, and may be specific to particular activities, as seen with sports wheelchairs and beach wheelchairs. The most widely recognized distinction is between motorized wheelchairs, where propulsion is provided by batteries and electric motors, and manual wheelchairs, where the propulsive force is provided either by the wheelchair user or occupant pushing the wheelchair by hand ("self-propelled"), by an attendant pushing from the rear using the handle(s), or by an attendant pushing from the side use a handle attachment.


  1. wheelchair

    A wheelchair is a type of mobility aid characterized by a chair installed on wheels, typically used by individuals who have difficulty walking or are unable to walk due to illness, disability, or injury. Wheelchairs are typically propelled manually by the user or another person, although some are powered electronically. They are designed to provide freedom of movement and independence for those who need it.


  1. Wheelchair

    A wheelchair is a chair with wheels, designed to be a replacement for walking. The device comes in variations where it is propelled by motors or by the seated occupant turning the rear wheels by hand. Often there are handles behind the seat for someone else to do the pushing. Wheelchairs are used by people for whom walking is difficult or impossible due to illness, injury, or disability. People with both sitting and walking disability often need to use a wheelbench.

Editors Contribution

  1. wheelchair

    A chair fitted with wheels for use as a means of transport by a person who needs it.

    The wheelchair has evolved over the last number of years to be an accessible form of transport for those that need it.

    Submitted by JP03 on December 25, 2014  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wheelchair in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wheelchair in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of wheelchair in a Sentence

  1. Rory Cooper:

    Drivers should look for wheelchair users on roadways and treat them like a slower moving cyclist.

  2. Bev Wilson:

    She looked like any adult or older child would in a wheelchair, she was turning around in circles, backing up.

  3. Rowdy Burton:

    Since they didn’t bend right either it would’ve been difficult to use a wheelchair or crutches.

  4. Anthony Lowe:

    The way they killed my son, they murdered my son in a wheelchair with no legs, so they do need to do something about it, because I do I want justice for my son.

  5. Randolph Donovan:

    I got her out of her wheelchair.

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