- 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)
- stretch mill,
- stretch one's legs,
- stretch receptor,
- stretch reflex,
- stretch runner,
- stretching course,
Origin of stretcher
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of stretch
Examples from the Web for stretcher
And the next time his friend saw Moses, it was online; his bloody body was slapped on a stretcher.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
On Lakes, fishing from a boat, you may have six or eight, or even more flies upon a stretcher.The Teesdale Angler|R Lakeland
Beaver are split but stretched round and should be left in the hoop or stretcher for several days.Fur Farming|A. R. Harding
Already the Indians were preparing a stretcher out of blankets and two saplings.The Patrol of the Sun Dance Trail|Ralph Connor
Plank, standing beside the stretcher, raised his head, listening to the ambulance arriving at full speed.The Fighting Chance|Robert W. Chambers
All right, said Florence complacently, but now please cant I be carried on a stretcher?Winona of the Camp Fire|Margaret Widdemer
- 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