There was a stretcher near their position— someone had brought it out earlier and leaned it up near the truck.
The soldiers grabbed Dirani from his bed, carried him out on a stretcher under fire, and hustled him back to Israel.
Prep work now short- circuited, Carter kicked the ammo cans out of the way and snatched up the stretcher.
Old English streccan, from Proto-Germanic *strakjanan (cf. Danish strække, Swedish sträcka, Old Frisian strekka, Old High German strecchan, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German strecken "to stretch"), perhaps a variant of the root of stark, or else from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain).
Meaning "to extend (the limbs or wings)" is from c.1200; that of "to lay out for burial" is from early 13c. To stretch one's legs "take a walk" is from c.1600. Meaning "to lengthen by force" first recorded late 14c.; figurative sense of "to enlarge beyond proper limits, exaggerate," is from 1550s. Stretch limo first attested 1973. Stretch marks is attested from 1960. Stretcher "canvas frame for carrying the sick or wounded" is first attested 1845.
1540s, "act of stretching," from stretch (v.); meaning "unbroken continuance of some activity" is first recorded 1680s; meaning "straightaway of a race course" (e.g. home stretch) is recorded from 1841.
stretcher stretch·er (strěch'ər)
A litter, usually of canvas stretched over a frame, used to transport the sick, wounded, or dead.
To hang or be hanged (1595+)
[prison sense originally ''a one-year prison sentence''; third noun sense found by 1710 in the very similar ''an exaggerated statement'']