ambulance /ˈambjʊl(ə)ns/


I. noun

a vehicle equipped for taking sick or injured people to and from hospital, especially in emergencies.

we called an ambulance.
he taken by ambulance to the district hospital.
[as modifier]
the ambulance service.
II. verb [with obj. and adverbial of direction]

1. convey in an ambulance

he was ambulanced to accident and emergency.
– origin early 19th cent.: French, from hôpital ambulant ‘mobile (horse-drawn) field hospital’, from Latin ambulant- ‘walking’ (see ambulant).

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