- not confined to bed; able or strong enough to walk: an ambulatory patient.
- serving patients who are able to walk: an ambulatory care center.
noun, plural am·bu·la·to·ries.
- an aisle surrounding the end of the choir or chancel of a church.
- the covered walk of a cloister.
Origin of ambulatory
Related formsam·bu·la·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·am·bu·la·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·am·bu·la·to·ries.
Examples from the Web for ambulatory
The firefighters did not want the ambulatory passengers to chance onto an electrified rail or encounter some other hazard.Amazing Grace in the Bronx: Inside the Metro-North Train-Wreck Rescue|Michael Daly|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Piscitelli found out just how bad it had been when he counted the number of ambulatory survivors who came back with the dawn.On Memorial Day, Remembering 15-Year-Old Marine PFC Dan Bullock|Michael Daly|May 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If it's dead, it's undead, like the culture at large: ambulatory in the age of Twilight.Must-Read Books by Will Hermes, Lydia Millet, and Stuart Nadler|Nicholas Mancusi, Drew Toal, John Reed|November 28, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Votive offerings of the city of Paris to Ste. Geneviève also exist in the ambulatory.
The full number of joints are not at once reached, but in the ambulatory appendages five only appear at first to be formed.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1|Francis Maitland Balfour
Over the choir, consisting of one large bay, are intersecting ribs that appear to be posterior to those of the ambulatory.
He had met her by chance in the ambulatory on her way from Brother Bonaday's rooms.Brother Copas|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
This became the generally accepted method for vaulting an ambulatory.
British Dictionary definitions for ambulatory
noun plural -ries
- an aisle running around the east end of a church, esp one that passes behind the sanctuary
- a place for walking, such as an aisle or a cloister