[ strech-er ]
/ ˈstrɛtʃ ər /


verb (used with object)

to stretch (canvas for a painting) on a stretcher.


Nearby words

  1. stretch mill,
  2. stretch one's legs,
  3. stretch receptor,
  4. stretch reflex,
  5. stretch runner,
  6. stretcher-bearer,
  7. stretchie,
  8. stretching course,
  9. stretchmarks,
  10. stretchout

Origin of stretcher

First recorded in 1375–1425, stretcher is from the late Middle English word stretcher. See stretch, -er1

Origin of stretch

before 900; Middle English strecchen (v.), Old English streccan; cognate with Dutch strekken, German strecken; akin to Old English stræc firm, hard, Middle Dutch strac stiff. See stare, stark

5. See lengthen. 11. lie down. 20. range, reach, compass.

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British Dictionary definitions for stretcher


/ (ˈstrɛtʃə) /


verb (tr)

to transport (a sick or injured person) on a stretcher


/ (strɛtʃ) /



Derived Formsstretchable, adjectivestretchability, noun

Word Origin for stretch

Old English streccan; related to Old Frisian strekka, Old High German strecken; see straight, strake

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Word Origin and History for stretcher
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Medicine definitions for stretcher


[ strĕchər ]


A litter, usually of canvas stretched over a frame, used to transport the sick, wounded, or dead.

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Idioms and Phrases with stretcher


In addition to the idioms beginning with stretch

  • stretch a point
  • stretch one's legs

also see:

  • at a stretch
  • by any stretch
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