Definition of ambulance in English:

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ambulance

Pronunciation: /ˈambjʊl(ə)ns/

noun

A vehicle equipped for taking sick or injured people to and from hospital, especially in emergencies: we called an ambulance he taken by ambulance to the district hospital [as modifier]: the ambulance service
More example sentences
  • Six to seven emergency vehicles and four ambulances are also provided.
  • An additional phase of the new development could incorporate other emergency services such as ambulances and coastguard.
  • We assume all duties which are carried out by our ambulance service are emergencies.

verb

[with object and adverbial of direction]
Convey in an ambulance: he was ambulanced to accident and emergency
More example sentences
  • Patients seriously hurt in road accidents and heart attack victims would have to be ambulanced out of town.
  • They ambulanced him fast yesterday out of the nursing home with a serious infection, high fever and blood pressure into the hospital's intensive care unit.
  • My husband called my doctor who had done my first surgery and I was ambulanced to the hospital.

Origin

Early 19th century: French, from hôpital ambulant 'mobile (horse-drawn) field hospital', from Latin ambulant- 'walking' (see ambulant).

More
  • First used in the Crimean War, an ambulance was originally a mobile temporary hospital—a field hospital—that followed an army from place to place. The term was later applied to a wagon or cart used for carrying wounded soldiers off the battlefield, which in turn led to its modern meaning. Ambulance comes from the French hôpital ambulant, literally ‘walking hospital’: the root is Latin ambulare, ‘to walk’, which gave us words such as alley (Late Middle English), amble (Middle English), and early 17th-century ambulate (a formal way of saying ‘walk’). Ambulance chaser is a wry nickname for a lawyer. The first example of the term, from 1897, tells us that ‘In New York City there is a style of lawyers known to the profession as “ambulance chasers”, because they are on hand wherever there is a railway wreck, or a street-car collision…with…their offers of professional services.’

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