stretcher

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stretcher a stone that forms the top of wall or building
    • n stretcher a litter for transporting people who are ill or wounded or dead; usually consists of a sheet of canvas stretched between two poles
    • n stretcher a mechanical device used to make something larger (as shoes or gloves) by stretching it
    • n stretcher a wooden framework on which canvas is stretched and fixed for oil painting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stretcher (Masonry) A brick or stone laid with its longer dimension in the line of direction of the wall.
    • Stretcher (Naut) A crosspiece placed between the sides of a boat to keep them apart when hoisted up and griped.
    • Stretcher A litter, or frame, for carrying disabled, wounded, or dead persons.
    • Stretcher (Naut) A narrow crosspiece of the bottom of a boat against which a rower braces his feet.
    • Stretcher (Arch) A piece of timber used in building.
    • Stretcher An instrument for stretching boots or gloves.
    • Stretcher An overstretching of the truth; a lie.
    • Stretcher 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.
    • Stretcher One who, or that which, stretches.
    • Stretcher The frame upon which canvas is stretched for a painting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stretcher One who or that which stretches or, expands. Specifically— A tool for stretching the fingers of leather gloves, that they may be put on more easily.
    • n stretcher In masonry, a brick or stone laid horizontally with its length in the direction of the face of the wall, as distinguished from a header, which is laid lengthwise across the thickness of the wall, so that its small head or end is seen in the external face of the wall. See cut under inbond.
    • n stretcher One of the cylindrical rails between the legs of a chair; a round.
    • n stretcher In cabinet-making, a low shelf serving as a brace or stay to the legs of a table, and roomy enough to hold a vase, a basket of flowers, or other ornament.
    • n stretcher In carpentry, a tie-timber in a frame.
    • n stretcher Nautical, a narrow piece of plank placed across a boat for the rowers to set their feet against; also, a cross-piece placed between a boat's sides to keep them apart when the boat is hoisted up and griped.
    • n stretcher A light, simple litter, without inclosure or top, upon which a dead body or a wounded person can be carried: so called because generally composed of canvas stretched on a frame, or because the body is stretched out upon it. Such frames, covered with canvas, are often used as beds, as in camping.
    • n stretcher A flat board on which corpses are stretched or laid out preparatory to coffining.
    • n stretcher In angling: The leader at the extreme end of the line.
    • n stretcher The tail-fly; the fly that is fastened to the cast called the stretcher; a stretcher-fly. See tail-fly (under fly) and whip.
    • n stretcher A statement which overstretches the truth; a lie.
    • n stretcher In carriage-building, same as strainer, 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Stretcher anything used for stretching, as gloves, hats, &c.: a frame on which a painter's canvas is stretched by means of wedges forced into the corners: a frame for carrying the sick or dead: a footboard for a rower
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. streccanstrec, stræc, strong; cf. Ger. strack, straight.

Usage

In literature:

He was laid face downwards on a stretcher and borne away.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
The road was near, and Jack was soon laid upon a stretcher.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
Over there they were carrying out a motionless form on a stretcher, a sheet mercifully draped over what was left.
"The Moving Picture Girls in War Plays" by Laura Lee Hope
And now came several of the hospital corps, carrying the wounded on stretchers, and also several ambulances.
"Young Captain Jack" by Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
C. B. Johnstone, and his stretcher bearers.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
But the deliberate shooting of wounded men and stretcher-bearers has been, so far as I know, confined to the Hun.
"The Emma Gees" by Herbert Wes McBride
He's been stretcher-bearer the last three hours.
"Short Stories of Various Types" by Various
The construction may be further strengthened by also doweling the end of this stretcher into the legs.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
Some were carrying a stretcher formed with rifles and the branches of trees.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
Of course, you will take a stretcher from the ambulance; it will be probably useful for some other fellow, if not for poor Tom.
"For Fortune and Glory" by Lewis Hough
When the stretcher is laid on the carrier the screws are tightened and the stretcher is held rigid.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
I found that Jack Stretcher was close to me, on my left side, also in custody of two smugglers.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
He dropped at once, and while some ran for the doctor, and some for water, others brought a stretcher to carry the poor fellow to hospital.
"Blue Lights" by R.M. Ballantyne
Many a man has died from one little twist given in getting him on his stretcher.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
The stretcher had been made purposely narrow at the foot, so that one bearer could handle it.
"Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys" by Silas K. Boone
The doctor had fastened upon a spare stretcher.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
Two were nothing more than box cars fitted with stretchers.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Gently they laid him upon the stretcher.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Bonsecours' command had been well timed, for up and down the line other men bearing stretchers bounded forward.
"Where the Souls of Men are Calling" by Credo Harris
He had done stretcher drill, with empty stretchers.
"The Backwash of War" by Ellen N. La Motte
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In poetry:

Be helpless, dumbfounded,
Unable to say yes or no.
Then a stretcher will come from grace
To gather us up.
"Zero Circle" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Oh, there were some leaned on a stick
And some on stretchers lay,
But few walked on their own two feet
In the early green of day.
"Men In Green" by David Campbell
The first said, 'Here's a right brave soldier
That walks the dark unfearingly;
Soon he'll come back on a fine stretcher,
And laughing for a nice Blighty.'
"Ballad Of The Three Spectres" by Ivor Gurney
Hurrah, boys, or losing or winning,
Feel your stretchers and make the blades bend;
Hard on to it, catch the beginning,
And pull it clean through to the end.
"My Boating Song" by Horace Smith
Hurrah, Hall! Hall, now you're winning,
Feel your stretchers and make the blades bend;
Hard on to it, catch the beginning,
And pull it clean through to the end.
"My Boating Song" by Horace Smith
Such tender touches to his wound,
Such loving arms to clasp him round,
Until they find him the third day!
The stretcher-bearers heard him say,
Don't leave me, Denis! I am here."
Denis? But Denis died last year!
"No Man's Land" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Raiders' Goodson taken off on stretcher .
Raiders' Goodson leaves practice on stretcher .
Canadian Service Center Installs Combo Stretcher -Leveler/Multiblanking Line.
FerrouSouth has announced the installation of what the company says is the most powerful stretcher leveler in the country.
Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa left the ice on a stretcher Tuesday night after sustaining an apparent head injury midway through the first period of Game 4 of Chicago's first-round series against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Shaver EZ Stretcher ™ makes fencing more efficient and faster than ever.
Pedigo's 540 Stretcher Comes in Both Standard and Wide Configurations.
Start by cutting the tails on the ends of the stretchers .
Flip the stretcher over and mark out the tail location.
Malala Yousufzai on a stretcher as she was being taken to a hospital earlier today in Mingora, Pakistan.
Indiana's Austin Etherington taken off court on stretcher after hurting left leg in 1st half.
Barcelona 's Lionel Messi is placed on a stretcher after picking up an injury while trying to score a goal against Benfica's goalkeeper Artur during their Champions League Group G soccer match at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona .
FC Barcelona 's Lionel Messi from Argentina is placed on a stretcher after suffering an injury during a group G Champions League soccer match against Benfica at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Wednesday.
Devin Brown, who did a Sasha impression by going 3-of-12 shooting in the start, and Delonte are not exactly floor-stretchers.
Goshen paramedics and firefighters help an unidentified man onto a stretcher outside the Dew Drop Inn on Saturday.
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In science:

We could not measure the pump pulse duration directly, but calculated a duration of 15 ± 0.5 ps from the measured bandwidth of the OPA and the configuration of the pulse stretcher.
Intrinsic fluctuations in random lasers
For the frame gluing we developed a GEM stretcher, which consists of two parts.
A GEM TPC End-Panel Pre-Prototype
One is an acrylic GEM stretcher frame and the other is a set of a middle frame and a GEM adjuster made of aluminum.
A GEM TPC End-Panel Pre-Prototype
The lower part of the acrylic stretcher frame has a groove with a depth of 2 mm and the upper part has screw holes aligned to it.
A GEM TPC End-Panel Pre-Prototype
By sandwiching a GEM foil with the lower and the upper parts of the acrylic stretcher frame together with the aluminum frame, and by screwing bolts into the holes of the upper piece and pressing down the aluminum frame into the groove, we could stretch the GEM foil.
A GEM TPC End-Panel Pre-Prototype
Finally, the prototype was transported to Bonn in spring 2009 and set up at the “Elektron Stretcher Anlage” (ELSA).
Precision Polarimetry at the ILC: Concepts, Simulations and experiments
In order to characterize the test chamber with an external track de finition in a particle beam, a new multi-purpose tracking system has been set up at the electron stretcher and accelerator ELSA, Bonn.
The PANDA GEM-based TPC Prototype
ELSA comprises three stages: injector LINACs, a booster synchrotron and the stretcher ring with a circumference of 164.4 m which leads to a turn time of 548 ns for relativistic electrons .
Cherenkov Detector Prototype & Testbeam 2009
The first part of the electron linear accelerator can be used as an injector for the electron ring of the existing HERA collider, which could be operated as a pulse stretcher to deliver a continuous beam at 15 to 25 GeV for fixed target nuclear physics experiments.
TESLA Technical Design Report Part I: Executive Summary
Thus, outer space inflation acts like an amplifier and stretcher of light modes.
Gravitational Waves from Braneworld Inflation
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