wheelchair

[hweel-chair, weel-]
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noun

a chair mounted on wheels for use by persons who cannot walk.

Nearby words

  1. wheel window,
  2. wheel wobble,
  3. wheelbarrow,
  4. wheelbarrow race,
  5. wheelbase,
  6. wheelchair housing,
  7. wheeled,
  8. wheeler,
  9. wheeler, burton kendall,
  10. wheeler, joseph

Origin of wheelchair

First recorded in 1690–1700; wheel + chair

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British Dictionary definitions for wheelchair

wheelchair

noun

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

wheelchair

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for wheelchair

wheelchair

n.

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

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