Definitions

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

  • n. A metal stretcher with wheeled legs, used for transporting patients.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stretcher having wheeled legs.

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

  • n. a metal stretcher with wheels

Etymologies

Probably after J. Theodore Gurney, American inventor who patented a type of wheeled horse-drawn cab in 1883.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown. Possibly from Gurney cab, a type of horse-drawn cab on wheels named after Theodore Gurney, the US inventor credited with creating and patenting it in about 1883. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By reference to a new (to us) photograph, we see that this transfer did take place on film, but the "gurney" is used to transport the bodies of two victims, the other also the body of a girl, which looks rather like that transported by the man we call "White Tee-shirt".

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  • I was quite surprised when I visited the mpsh in gurney plaza in penang that it didn't have that many books.

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  • Ironically, the Popular in gurney plaza had more fiction than mpsh.

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  • I could only shrug, until the Cop who showed up, suggested that the drooling, flogged patient on the gurney was an epileptic.

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  • It would more accurately be described as a gurney that also sits up and rolls over the toilet.

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  • I mean, even the word "gurney" sounds cooler when said with a lovely, polite British accent.

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  • We can see that it is at the bottom of the mound of debris, on a relatively flat surface and it is likely that the "gurney" itself has been wheeled to the position.

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  • SANCHEZ: So essentially what you're saying is rescue guys are going to have to repel down there, and then repel back up with him in some kind of gurney or stretcher?

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  • They had found him and put him into some kind of gurney stretcher kind of thing, and then American coalition forces arrived immediately thereafter on site.

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  • While we’re on the subject, how would you prove that the unconscious person lying on the gurney was your spouse, assuming said person has lost their ID in the accident that led to them being on the gurney in the firstplace?

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