Definition of stretcher in English:


Line breaks: stretch¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈstrɛtʃə


  • 1A framework of two poles with a long piece of canvas slung between them, used for carrying sick, injured, or dead people.
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    • At any time of the day or night, a tall RAF corporal would be seen helping to carry a stretcher containing an injured soldier into the tent.
    • As soon as the lead ambulance arrived he was told who to evacuate and helped carry the injured on stretchers.
    • Within minutes, the injured were being carried away on stretchers, clad in thermal blankets to keep them warm against shock.
  • 2A wooden frame over which a canvas is spread and tautened ready for painting.
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    • It was credible for the wall to look thickly mortared, but not for the wooden stretchers of a canvas, or a man's coat, to be similarly treated.
    • Since then most canvas paintings have been attached to lightweight wooden frameworks or stretchers.
    • So the rest of the day is to be spent getting stretchers and canvases ready.
  • 2.1 [with modifier] A rod or frame used for expanding or tautening a specified thing: sail stretchers
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    • Figure 21 illustrates four different glove stretchers that often do double duty as glove powder dispensers and hand measurers.
    • We have rented a carpet stretcher, but are having problems getting the wrinkles out.
    • Well, he said I needed a 'sail stretcher'.
  • 3A rod or bar joining and supporting chair legs.
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    • Chairs imported from New England, particularly Boston, influenced the design of this chair, especially in its stretchers, relatively light seat rails, and yoked crest.
    • Boston was producing leather-back chairs during this period with very bold ball-ring-ball turned front stretchers.
    • One needed a title, however, to appreciate the majesty of the tall, ostentatious chairs with upholstered, haughty-looking backs and stretchers reinforcing the legs.
  • 3.1A board in a boat against which a rower presses the feet for support.
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    • A foot stretcher breakage in the Egyptian boat caused the second semi-final to be delayed.
    • The foot stretcher is easily positioned to achieve these positions by loosening the 3 wing nuts and moving the foot stretcher along the adjustment plates.
    • This stretcher when incorporated with the camlock is able to suit any boat and is easy to adjust.
  • 4A brick or stone laid with its long side along the face of a wall. Compare with header ( sense 3).
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    • To understand the following patterns, you'll want to know that stretchers are brick laid lengthwise along the wall.
    • The bricks are laid in alternate pairs of headers and stretchers.
    • Below the sills of these bedrooms are stone stretchers that extend from one column base to the next.
  • 5 archaic , • informal An exaggeration or lie.
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    • Mark Twain is quoted: "mostly a true book, with some stretchers, as I said before."
    • One way of doing that is to refer to prior unsworn occasions when you may have told the ‘stretcher’ in question


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  • Carry (a sick or injured person) somewhere on a stretcher: their striker had to be stretchered off following a tackle
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    • No one will truly believe he is injured today unless he is stretchered away with a limb hanging off.
    • The following year, a surgeon told her her career was over after she was stretchered off the track at the world championships with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
    • One young woman was stretchered from the beach on a makeshift platform of planks and a rubber mat after tumbling from the rocks as she tried to escape a tear gas pellet.

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