Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A specially equipped vehicle used to transport the sick or injured.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An emergency vehicle that transports sick or injured people to a hospital.
  • n. A mobile field hospital.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A field hospital, so organized as to follow an army in its movements, and intended to succor the wounded as soon as possible. Often used adjectively
  • n. An ambulance wagon or cart for conveying the wounded from the field, or to a hospital.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hospital establishment which accompanies an army in its movements in the field for the purpose of providing speedy assistance to soldiers wounded in battle.
  • n. A two- or four-wheeled wagon constructed for conveying sick or wounded persons.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals

Etymologies

French, from (hôpital) ambulant, mobile (hospital), from Latin ambulāns, ambulant-, present participle of ambulāre, to walk; see ambhi in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French ambulance, from ambulant ("walking, shifting"), from Latin ambulare ("to walk, go about"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The idea that the word "ambulance" comes from the Latin word to walk, "ambulare", proved particularly intriguing, as did the fact that the months July and August were named after the first two Roman emperors, Julius Caesar and Augustus.

    The Guardian World News

  • Jim Louro, a league safety officer for the Jersey Shore Pop Warner Football League, said his league already pays emergency medical technicians to attend games and an ambulance is often on site.

    Concussions In Sports: Athletes' Head Injuries Should Be Reviewed, Experts Say

  • Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett proposed cuts in ambulance service and layoffs of dozens of fire and rescue workers Tuesday as part of a bid to save $12.9 million this year in case a referendum on a county ambulance fee passes in November.

    Leggett proposes cuts in Montgomery County public safety services

  • But his breathing had become so labored she called an ambulance.

    Faster Care for Blood Infection

  • They called an ambulance, and it came screaming up to the house with its sirens on.

    Teed Off

  • Nick told me what had happened and we called an ambulance.

    History of a Suicide

  • Until one morning my father grabbed at his chest, and opened his mouth like he was choking, and we called the ambulance, which arrived quickly, despite the rush-hour traffic, despite the twenty-five-mile-an-hour speed limit on our street.

    The Adults

  • I called the ambulance and made arrangements for child care.

    Torrey Shannon: Desperate "Housewives" Seek Help: Soldier Suicides Now at Epidemic Rate (VIDEO)

  • I was confronted with the same sob story at the Memaloose rest stop on July 4th - car crash, husband in ambulance, abandoned children on the side of freeway, "just need $40."

    A girlfriend for David (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • When he can't do it himself he says, from the grass go get your mother, more tired than angry which is what I expected him to be, and then I run, and then she calls the ambulance since she can't drive, and the ambulance takes them to the hospital.

    The Boys

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  • The ambulance for people with slow illnesses.

    September 28, 2008

  • Gah. I think it's because I'm used to much faster internet than I'm using at the moment. I did actually refresh this page to check if my edit had created a whole new comment, but it didn't show up :(

    April 20, 2008

  • Plethora, you're doing it again.
    Plethora, you're (sort of) doing it again.

    I must register mild dissent about the Wordie manual. Randomly scattering basic Wordie tips across the site like Easter eggs, with no discernible retrieval capacity, is not really quirkily charming. An FAQ page would be terrific, or appropriate deployment of an FAQ tag.

    April 20, 2008

  • I like how it's spread out too, John. Picking up little tidbits at random intervals makes them easy to remember.

    April 20, 2008

  • Also the title of a tremendous song by TV on the Radio. This video doesn't do it justice; but it's well worth downloading the mps3.

    I like how the manual for Wordie is spread out over a bunch of random words like "ambulance." Though I suppose people who don't know how to use the site are less amused. Perhaps a new tag is in order: faq.

    April 20, 2008

  • Huzzah! You're my hero, c_b. I double posted a lot late last night and I was becoming incredibly annoyed with myself.

    April 20, 2008

  • Plethora, if you "edit" your comment and repost it, you'll get a little "delete" option for a minute or so. You can delete some of your duplicate posts that way--if you were so inclined.

    April 20, 2008

  • I have a friend who consistently pronounces this am-blee-ance.

    I can't believe this posted three times. How irritating.

    April 19, 2008