In a hospital, a stretcher is a device used to carry a person who must lie flat and can't move on their own. It takes two strong people to carry a patient on a stretcher.

Although the words are sometimes used interchangeably, a stretcher is different from a gurney, which is fitted with wheels and can be moved by a single person. Stretchers are more portable and tend to be used in emergency situations, especially on battlefields and in wilderness search-and-rescue operations. When an artist, (rather than a doctor or ambulance driver) uses the word stretcher, they generally mean "wooden frame on which a canvas is stretched for painting."

Definitions of stretcher
  1. noun
    a litter for transporting people who are ill or wounded or dead; usually consists of a sheet of canvas stretched between two poles
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    a metal stretcher with wheels
    type of:
    conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers
  2. noun
    a wooden framework on which canvas is stretched and fixed for oil painting
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    type of:
    a structure supporting or containing something
  3. noun
    a mechanical device used to make something larger (as shoes or gloves) by stretching it
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    type of:
    mechanical device
    mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
  4. noun
    a stone that forms the top of wall or building
    synonyms: capstone, copestone, coping stone
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    type of:
    building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose
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