- a kind of litter, often of canvas stretched on a frame, for carrying the sick, wounded, or dead.
- a similar litter on wheels, adapted for use in ambulances and hospitals.
- a framework connecting and bracing the legs of a piece of furniture.
- one member of this framework.
verb (used with object)
Origin of stretcher
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of stretch
Synonyms for stretch
Antonyms for stretch
Examples from the Web for stretcher
Contemporary Examples of stretcher
And the next time his friend saw Moses, it was online; his bloody body was slapped on a stretcher.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
They carry it like a stretcher, though they're missing one stretcher-bearer.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Paramedics now headed into the shop with a stretcher to aid the gunman.Brooklyn Shooting Hits Close to Bill de Blasio’s Park Slope Home
July 1, 2014
There was a stretcher near their position— someone had brought it out earlier and leaned it up near the truck.
Prep work now short- circuited, Carter kicked the ammo cans out of the way and snatched up the stretcher.
Historical Examples of stretcher
At the station I got a cup of hot milk, and spent the night on a stretcher.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
I was always seeing him on a stretcher, with his head smashed.L'Assommoir
Two attendants came in, bearing Captain Beaudoin on a stretcher.The Downfall
Blaise had been laid on a stretcher provided with a mattress.Fruitfulness
The young fellow was lying on his back on the stretcher, looking very pale.The Fat and the Thin
- to make a concession or exception not usually made
- to exaggerate
- capacity for being stretched, as in some garments
- (as modifier)stretch pants
- with some difficulty; by making a special effort
- if really necessary or in extreme circumstances
- at one time
Word Origin for stretch
Old English streccan, from Proto-Germanic *strakjanan (cf. Danish strække, Swedish sträcka, Old Frisian strekka, Old High German strecchan, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German strecken "to stretch"), perhaps a variant of the root of stark, or else from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain).
Meaning "to extend (the limbs or wings)" is from c.1200; that of "to lay out for burial" is from early 13c. To stretch one's legs "take a walk" is from c.1600. Meaning "to lengthen by force" first recorded late 14c.; figurative sense of "to enlarge beyond proper limits, exaggerate," is from 1550s. Stretch limo first attested 1973. Stretch marks is attested from 1960. Stretcher "canvas frame for carrying the sick or wounded" is first attested 1845.
1540s, "act of stretching," from stretch (v.); meaning "unbroken continuance of some activity" is first recorded 1680s; meaning "straightaway of a race course" (e.g. home stretch) is recorded from 1841.
In addition to the idioms beginning with stretch
- stretch a point
- stretch one's legs
- at a stretch
- by any stretch