• (British) IPA: /ˈstɹɛtʃə/
  • (America) enPR: strĕchʹər, IPA: /ˈstɹɛtʃɚ/

stretcher (plural stretchers)

  1. One who, or that which, stretches.
  2. A simple litter designed to carry a sick, injured, or dead person.
  3. A frame on which a canvas is stretched for painting.
  4. A device to stretch shoes or gloves.
  5. A brick laid with the longest side exposed (compare header).
  6. (architecture) A piece of timber used in building.
  7. (slang) A lie; an overstretching of the truth.
  8. (nautical) A board against which a rower places his feet.
  9. (nautical) A crosspiece placed between the sides of a boat to keep them apart when hoisted up and gripped.
  10. One of the rods in an umbrella, attached at one end to one of the ribs, and at the other to the tube sliding upon the handle.
  11. An instrument for stretching boots or gloves.
  12. (obsolete) A penis, especially a long penis.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352 ↗:
      When our mutual trance was a little over, and the young fellow had withdrawn that delicious stretcher, with which he had most plentifully drowned all thoughts of revenge in the sense of actual pleasure, the widen'd wounded passage refunded a stream of pearly liquids, which flowed down my thighs, mixed with streaks of blood
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: натяжной
  • Spanish: ensanchador
Translations Translations
  • Spanish: viga, polín

stretcher (stretchers, present participle stretchering; past and past participle stretchered)

  1. (transitive) To carry (an injured person) on a stretcher.
  • French: brancarder
  • Spanish: llevar en camilla, trasladar en camilla

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