wheelchair etymology

English word wheelchair comes from English chair, English wheel

Detailed word origin of wheelchair

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
chair English (eng) (chemistry) One of two possible conformers of cyclohexane rings (the other being boat), shaped roughly like a chair.. (music) The seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra.. (rail transport) An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers, and similar devices.. (slang, with the) The electric chair.. A distinguished professorship at a [...]
wheel English (eng) (automotive) A wheelrim.. (computing, dated) A superuser on certain systems.. (heraldiccharge) This device used as a heraldic charge, usually with six spokes.. (informal, with "the") A steering wheel and its implied control of a vehicle.. (nautical) The instrument attached to the rudder by which a vessel is steered.. (obsolete) A rolling or revolving body; anything of a circular form; a [...]
wheelchair English (eng) (attributive) designed for wheelchairbound people. A chair mounted on large wheels for the transportation or use of a sick or disabled person.