a specially equipped motor vehicle, airplane, ship, etc., for carrying sick or injured people, usually to a hospital.
(formerly) a field hospital.

1800–10; < French, equivalent to (hôpital) ambul(ant) walking (hospital) + -ance -ance. See ambulant Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To ambulance
World English Dictionary
ambulance (ˈæmbjʊləns)
a motor vehicle designed to carry sick or injured people
[C19: from French, based on (hôpital) ambulant mobile or field (hospital), from Latin ambulāre to walk]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1809, "mobile or field hospital," from Fr. (hôpital) ambulant, lit. "walking (hospital)," from L. ambulans (gen. ambulantis), from ambulare "to walk" (see amble). Not common until meaning transferred from "field hospital" to "vehicle for conveying wounded from field"
(1854) during the Crimean War. Ambulance-chaser as a contemptuous term for a type of lawyer dates from 1897.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

ambulance am·bu·lance (ām'byə-ləns)
A specially equipped vehicle used to transport the sick or injured.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The damage to his upper lip was so bad they had to be taken to the emergency room by ambulance and he had to have plastic surgery.
On top of that, the app has a built-in emergency button so people in need can easily be located by an ambulance or the police.
Some people even use a rickshaw instead of an ambulance.
Another is an unmanned ambulance to take the wounded off the battlefield.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature