stretcher (plural stretchers)
- One who, or that which, stretches.
- A simple litter designed to carry a sick, injured, or dead person.
- 2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea”, in BBC:
- The goal also cost the Blues the services of Luiz, who was injured in attempting to clear and was taken off on a stretcher and replaced by Gary Cahill.
- 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).
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Gwilt to this entry?)
- (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.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dana to this entry?)
- 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.
- (obsolete) A penis, especially a long penis.
- 1749, John Cleland, “part 3”, in Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, London: G. Fenton, OCLC 13050889:
- When our mutual trance was a little over, and the young fellow had withdrawn that delicious stretcher, with which he had most plentifully drowned all thoughts of revenge in the sense of actual pleasure, the widen'd wounded passage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
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for stretcher in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)