air mattress

noun

plural air mattresses
: a soft, airtight plastic case that is designed to be inflated and used as a bed
And take it from my early 1960s-model spine, a modern air mattress—cheap, simple to inflate and reliable—is something that many parents will find essential when sleeping in a tent. Steve Stephens

called also air bed

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Who needs snow gear and seating when the renters could get rid of that air mattress no one wants to sleep on, in exchange for matching twin beds. Isis Briones, House Beautiful, 2 Nov. 2022 During their first weeks in the country, Mr. Chacin and Ms. Rivas, still pregnant, slept in the same bed with Bianca — an air mattress in a friend’s apartment. Peter Kujawinski Erin Kirkland For The New York Times, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2022 The manufacturer recommends inflating it with a standard air mattress pump. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 20 July 2022 All that was left were seven houseplants, a twin air mattress, a bag of clothes each, and our 3-year-old cat, Gizmo. Trey Williams, Fortune, 14 Aug. 2022 This varies by air mattress and ranges from about 200 pounds to 700 pounds. Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Sep. 2022 Opt for an insulated sleeping pad, not a home air mattress. Erin E. Williams, BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2022 Kristin Chmielewski, general manager of the Flagler Tavern, rode out the storm at the restaurant, sleeping on an air mattress. Skyler Swisher, Orlando Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2022 Here's another plush and lightweight camping air mattress. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 31 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of air mattress was in 1832

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“Air mattress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/air%20mattress. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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