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 Due to a manufacturing issue, the NADI inflator may absorb moisture, causing the inflator to explode or the airbag cushion to underinflate. USA TODAY, 19 July 2022 And sometimes, the problem is more urgent, like the Takata airbag recall that started in 2013. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 There's even an optional rear-seat airbag, because flagship sedans aren't just about convenience or luxury features. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 31 Mar. 2022 The car’s axle was bent and an airbag had been deployed. cleveland, 24 Feb. 2022 The problem is also unrelated to the massive and well-publicized Takata airbag explosion recalls of the past; those airbags had ammonium nitrate, which the Ram airbags do not, Stellantis said. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, 15 Aug. 2021 In 2012, Volvo introduced an airbag that inflated on the windshield’s exterior to reduce the blow sustained by a pedestrian hit hood-first by the company’s compact car (which isn’t currently offered in the U.S.). Andrew Tilin, Outside Online, 15 May 2015 Fire crews used an extrication process to stabilize the bus and lifted the bus using a high-pressure airbag to remove the woman in less than 10 minutes, according to reports. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 6 July 2022 Hamilton deployed his avalanche airbag system and carried avalanche equipment. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of airbag

1782, in the meaning defined above

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14 Aug 2022

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“Airbag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of airbag

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


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