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[hweel-chair, weel-] /ˈʰwilˌtʃɛər, ˈwil-/
a chair mounted on wheels for use by persons who cannot walk.
Origin of wheelchair
1690-1700; wheel + chair Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A small door slid open and Garth followed the wheelchair through.

    Garth and the Visitor L. J. Stecher
  • He was seated in his wheelchair, a look of dull imbecility on his countenance.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • Farrow was going down the hall like a professional heading for the wheelchair on a strict order.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • I demanded, staring at the half of a man who confronted us from the wheelchair.

    The Hunted Heroes Robert Silverberg
  • I glimpsed the bulk of an outboard atomic rigging behind him, strapped to the back of the wheelchair.

    The Hunted Heroes Robert Silverberg
British Dictionary definitions for wheelchair


(med) a special chair mounted on large wheels, for use by invalids or others for whom walking is impossible or temporarily inadvisable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wheelchair

c.1700, from wheel + chair (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wheelchair in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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