air·​bag | \ ˈer-ˌbag How to pronounce airbag (audio) \
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

Examples of airbag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Toward a Safer Ride There are two ideas working together in this new airbag to catch, in a sense, a forward-snapping head in a baseball-glove-like cushion. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "2021 Acura TLX's New Kind of Airbag Could Cradle Your Head in a Crash," 18 June 2020 New cars are chock-full of anti-lock brakes, airbags, automatic emergency braking and backup cameras — innovations that were lacking in cars on the roads in 1970. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "50 Years Ago, 3 Astronauts Survived Apollo 13. Could It Happen Again?," 13 Apr. 2020 Dual airbags and anti-lock braking are standard, as on all Porsches. Martin Padgett, Car and Driver, "1993 Porsche 911 Speedster Road Test," 27 Mar. 2020 And after the large-scale application of both airbags and antilock brakes in the early 2000s, even entry-level cars have the baseline safety stuff for modern driving. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "HR Email Tries to Car Shame Employee, Backfires Spectacularly," 23 Jan. 2020 For Monday's test, the two main parachutes and airbags appeared to work normally and the Starliner descended to a relatively gentle touchdown about a minute and a half after takeoff. William Harwood, CBS News, "Boeing Starliner capsule blasts off in dramatic abort test," 4 Nov. 2019 The company will now start producing washable and reusable medical gowns, using the same nylon material normally used for airbags. NBC News, "Spain has 'reached the peak' of the pandemic, health minister says," 14 Apr. 2020 The person inside the vehicle fleeing police also suffered minor head trauma from the airbag deploying, Capt. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Milwaukee police officers suffer minor injuries in crash during police pursuit," 29 Jan. 2020 That set off an automated choreography — jettisoning pieces no longer needed, deploying parachutes, inflating the airbags — that appeared to unfold flawlessly. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Boeing Starliner Lands in New Mexico After Clock Error Prompts Early Return," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of airbag

1782, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airbag was in 1782

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26 Jun 2020

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“Airbag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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

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