stretcher Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a wooden framework on which canvas is stretched and fixed for oil painting
  2. noun a mechanical device used to make something larger (as shoes or gloves) by stretching it
  3. noun a litter for transporting people who are ill or wounded or dead; usually consists of a sheet of canvas stretched between two poles
  4. noun a stone that forms the top of wall or building
    coping stone; copestone; capstone.


Stretch"er noun
  1. One who, or that which, stretches.
  2. (Masonry) A brick or stone laid with its longer dimension in the line of direction of the wall. Gwilt.
  3. (Arch.) A piece of timber used in building.
  4. (Naut.) (a) A narrow crosspiece of the bottom of a boat against which a rower braces his feet. (b) A crosspiece placed between the sides of a boat to keep them apart when hoisted up and griped. Dana.
  5. A litter, or frame, for carrying disabled, wounded, or dead persons.
  6. An overstretching of the truth; a lie. Slang
  7. 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.
  8. An instrument for stretching boots or gloves.
  9. The frame upon which canvas is stretched for a painting.

Webster 1913