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wheelchair

[hweel-chair, weel-]
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noun
  1. a chair mounted on wheels for use by persons who cannot walk.

Origin of wheelchair

First recorded in 1690–1700; wheel + chair
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Examples from the Web for wheelchair

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  • He was seated in his wheelchair, a look of dull imbecility on his countenance.

    Paddy Finn

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • They were strapped to the back of the wheelchair in which he sat.

    The Hunted Heroes

    Robert Silverberg

  • You don't argue with a blaster, even if the man pointing it is in a wheelchair.

    The Hunted Heroes

    Robert Silverberg

  • She lifted the geiger harnesses, and I put Ledman back in his wheelchair.

    The Hunted Heroes

    Robert Silverberg

  • I demanded, staring at the half of a man who confronted us from the wheelchair.

    The Hunted Heroes

    Robert Silverberg


British Dictionary definitions for wheelchair

wheelchair

noun
  1. med a special chair mounted on large wheels, for use by invalids or others for whom walking is impossible or temporarily inadvisable
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Word Origin and History for wheelchair

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

wheelchair in Medicine

wheelchair

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