air·bag | \ ˈer-ˌbag \
variants: or air bag

Definition of airbag 

: a bag that is inflated with air typically for use as a cushion or safety device especially : such a bag installed in an automobile as a safety device designed to inflate automatically in case of collision

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Inflatable habitat pods are rocketed to Mars, and land on the Red Planet with the help of a parachute and airbags. NBC News, "Here's what future Mars and lunar space colonies could look like," 7 July 2018 The administration remains concerned about unrepaired 2006 Fort Rangers and Mazda B-Series trucks with defective Takata airbags. Ron Hurtibise,, "Feds warn South Florida drivers about need to get airbags replaced," 8 June 2018 The award-winning adventure park company will have trampoline arenas, dodgeball courts, stunt airbag, slam dunk tracks, The Urban Warrior Course™ and more. Austen Erblat,, "Urban Air Adventure Park to take over former site of hhgregg in Wellington," 13 July 2018 In 2013, Honda showed off a giant phone case that was a literal airbag (as a joke). Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Might Be the Most Practical Phone-Saving 'Airbag' Design Yet," 28 June 2018 Michael Nagle—Bloomberg via Getty Images A German university student has created a solution for people who always drop and break their smartphones: an airbag in the form of an iPhone case. Emily Price, Fortune, "This iPhone Case is an 'Air Bag' For Your iPhone," 29 June 2018 In the test, the passenger crash dummy's head in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee hits the dashboard through the airbag. CBS News, "Latest crash tests reveal safety concerns for Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee," 12 June 2018 Especially considering that in the death that triggered the investigation, the airbags did not deploy. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Tesla's Favorite Autopilot Safety Stat Just Doesn't Hold Up," 4 May 2018 Citroën also relocated the passenger airbag to the roof, allowing for a second glovebox with a cooling option, making it a perfect spot to chill one’s teddy bear. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "Wingo Dingo Sweet Berlingo: Citroen’s Small Van Gets a Radical Redo," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of airbag

1782, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of air bag

: an automobile safety device consisting of a bag that inflates to cushion a rider in an accident

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