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

Examples of air mattress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Documents said officers obtained a search warrant for the couple's studio apartment, which contained an air mattress in one corner and a single spring mattress in another. The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024 Miranda inflated an air mattress for Nat to use as a bed. David Frum, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2024 If there is no availability, the agency must let people remain in the shelter and use air mattresses, cots or other accommodations, or find another bed and arrange transportation to that shelter. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 19 Jan. 2024 Two women who didn’t give their names to the Tribune lay close together on an air mattress and put a blanket over their heads, whispering. Nell Salzman, Chicago Tribune, 25 June 2023 This handy sofa bed pulls out to create a much more comfortable sleeping space than an air mattress. Samantha Booth, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 Jacobson recommends investing in a good foam pad, since air mattresses take a long time to inflate (and can be bulky to pack). Bellamy Richardson, wsj.com, 21 Nov. 2023 This air mattress is available in pink and blue colors and is available in cool convertible and castle styles. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 One big tote contains my tent, sleeping bag, air mattress and other assorted supplies. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 5 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

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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 21 Apr. 2024.

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