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).