air·​bag ˈer-ˌbag How to pronounce airbag (audio)
variants or air bag
: 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

Examples of airbag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Consider: Safety & Security: front airbags with passenger seat occupant detector, perimetric alarm, electronic traction control, dynamic stability control, roll stability control, emergency braking, anti-lock braking system and emergency brake assist. James Raia, The Mercury News, 11 Feb. 2024 Despite their efforts, at least three cars hit the tree, including a white Honda found later parked nearby with front-end damage and airbags deployed. Sam Stanton, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 The vehicle was powered down by its safety system because its airbags deployed, court records show. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2024 Similar grins appeared on the faces of the editors after a short time behind that new airbag wheel. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2023 In December, Toyota also recalled about 1 million cars and SUVs in the United States due to a possible defect that could cause the passenger airbag to fail to deploy in a crash. Michelle Toh, CNN, 30 Jan. 2024 The automaker said the airbag will be repaired or replaced for free. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 29 Jan. 2024 With blind-spot monitors new for all trims and 10 airbags including rear side-impact airbags, Mazda further expands its safety priority. James Raia, The Mercury News, 7 Jan. 2024 Two minutes after Medic 100 arrives, the Franklin Fire squad truck pulls up and secures the scene, checking the car for gasoline leaks and snipping the battery lines so the remaining airbags don't trip. Oliver Broudy, Men's Health, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airbag was in 1782

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Cite this Entry

“Airbag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

air bag

: an automobile safety device consisting of a bag designed to inflate automatically especially in front of a rider in case of a collision
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