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stretcher

[strech-er] /ˈstrɛtʃ ər/
noun
1.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. a kind of litter, often of canvas stretched on a frame, for carrying the sick, wounded, or dead.
  2. a similar litter on wheels, adapted for use in ambulances and hospitals.
2.
a person or thing that stretches.
3.
any of various instruments for extending, widening, distending, etc.
4.
a bar, beam, or fabricated material, serving as a tie or brace.
5.
Masonry. a brick or stone laid in a wall so that its longer edge is exposed or parallel to the surface.
Compare header (def 5a).
6.
a simple wooden framework on which the canvas for an oil painting is stretched.
7.
Furniture.
  1. a framework connecting and bracing the legs of a piece of furniture.
  2. one member of this framework.
8.
a crosspiece that is set athwart and near the bottom in a small boat, and against which the feet of a rower are braced.
9.
one of the thin, sliding rods connecting the canopy and handle of an umbrella.
verb (used with object)
10.
to stretch (canvas for a painting) on a stretcher.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English stretcher. See stretch, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for stretchers

stretcher

/ˈstrɛtʃə/
noun
1.
a device for transporting the ill, wounded, or dead, consisting of a frame covered by canvas or other material
2.
a strengthening often decorative member joining the legs of a chair, table, etc
3.
the wooden frame on which canvas is stretched and fixed for oil painting
4.
a tie beam or brace used in a structural framework
5.
a brick or stone laid horizontally with its length parallel to the length of a wall Compare header (sense 4)
6.
(rowing) a fixed board across a boat on which an oarsman braces his feet
7.
(Austral & NZ) a camp bed
8.
(slang) an exaggeration or lie
verb (transitive)
9.
to transport (a sick or injured person) on a stretcher
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stretchers in Medicine

stretcher stretch·er (strěch'ər)
n.
A litter, usually of canvas stretched over a frame, used to transport the sick, wounded, or dead.

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