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Sense of armoured vehicle is from 2002, named for two Americans who posthumously received the Medal of Honor: PFC Stuart S. Stryker, who died in World War II, and SP4 Robert F. Stryker, who died in the Vietnam War.


Stryker (plural Strykers)

  1. (emergency medicine) A modern, heavy-duty, full-featured gurney, typically heavily padded and having yellow legs.
    • 1973, Modern hospital: Volume 120; Volume 120, link
      Because we feel that a stretcher should be more than a means of patient transport, we don't offer a standard Stryker stretcher.
    • 2007, Helmut Strasser, Assessment of the ergonomic quality of hand-held tools and computer input devices[1], page 269:
      The handles on the Stryker stretcher can by extended after a locking button has been pressed
    • 2007, Richard Ford, The Lay of the Land[2], page 463:
      Of course—anyone would expect the rest to happen—I wake up in the Sea-Clift EMS track, strapped to a yellow Stryker stretcher, shirtless and jacketless, covered with a thin pink blanket, my feet toward the back door
  2. (military) An eight-wheeled armoured combat vehicle used by the US Army.
    • 2002, “Wheeled tanks start rolling” in Popular Mechanics, July, p 32:
      The Army has named its 8-wheeled Light Armored Vehicle III the Stryker.
      The Army will field its first Stryker variant, an infantry combat vehicle, at Anniston, Ala.
    • 2002, “Interim force armour activities” in Armed Forces journal international, v 139:
      The vast majority of Interim Force activities are swirling around the “Stryker” Interim Armored Vehicle (IAV) family from the General Motors–GDLS Defense Group joint venture. The IAV is a heavier, more modern version of the eight-wheeled Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) III from GM of Canada that is used by the Marine Corps and Canadian forces.
    • 2004, National Research Council (U.S.). Panel on Operational Test Design and Evaluation of the Interim Armored Vehicle, National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on National Statistics, National Research Council (U.S.). Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Improved operational testing and evaluation: and methods of combining test information for the Stryker family of vehicles and related Army systems, link
      Test Process The Army's interim armored combat vehicle, now called the Stryker, is in the latter stages of development.
    • 2005, Daniel Gonzales, Network-centric operations case study: the Stryker Brigade Combat Team[3], page 31:
      The lower tactical Internet connects 75 percent or more of Stryker combat vehicles.
    • 2011, Gordon Rottman, Browning .50-caliber Machine Guns[4], page 69:
      These and most variants of the eight-wheel Stryker combat vehicles have a .50-cal on a remotely controlled mount. Due to the improvised explosive device (IED) and sniper threat, these vehicles' weapons stations are heavily armored.