noun A framework of two poles with a long piece of canvas slung between them, used for carrying sick, injured, or dead people. (At any time of the day or night, a tall RAF corporal would be seen helping to carry a stretcher containing an injured soldier into the tent.) A wooden frame over which a canvas is spread and tautened ready for painting. (It was credible for the wall to look thickly mortared, but not for the wooden stretchers of a canvas, or a man's coat, to be similarly treated.) A rod or bar joining and supporting chair legs. (Chairs imported from New England, particularly Boston, influenced the design of this chair, especially in its stretchers, relatively light seat rails, and yoked crest.) A brick or stone laid with its long side along the face of a wall. (To understand the following patterns, you'll want to know that stretchers are brick laid lengthwise along the wall.) An exaggeration or lie.