- a person or thing that stretches; specif.,
- a brace or tie used to extend or support a framework; crosspiece
- a brick or stone laid lengthwise in a wall
- any of several framelike devices used for stretching and shaping cloth, garments, curtains, etc.
- a light frame covered with canvas, etc. and used for carrying the sick, injured, or dead; litter
- any similar device, as a wheeled cot used in ambulances
to move or remove by means of a stretcher: the injured player was stretchered off the field
- A litter, usually of canvas stretched over a frame, used to transport the sick, wounded, or dead.
- One that stretches, such as the wooden framework on which canvas is stretched for an oil painting.
- A usually horizontal tie beam or brace serving to support or extend a framework.
- A brick or stone laid parallel to the face of a wall so that only its long side is showing.
- Informal An exaggerated or fabricated assertion or anecdote: “That book … is mostly a true book, with some stretchers” ( Mark Twain )
- One who, or that which, stretches.
- A simple litter designed to carry a sick, injured, or dead person.
- A frame on which a canvas is stretched for painting.
- A device to stretch shoes or gloves.
- A brick laid with the longest side exposed (compare header).
- (architecture) A piece of timber used in building.
- (slang) A lie; an overstretching of the truth.
- (nautical) A board against which a rower places his feet.
- (nautical) A crosspiece placed between the sides of a boat to keep them apart when hoisted up and gripped.
- 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.
- An instrument for stretching boots or gloves.
(third-person singular simple present stretchers, present participle stretchering, simple past and past participle stretchered)
- To carry (an injured person) on a stretcher.
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