arrestor bed

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Definition of arrestor bed 

: a bed of loose material (such as gravel) designed to slow a vehicle (such as a landing aircraft or a semitrailer) that is out of control Where airport space and geography don't allow that, engineered structures known as arrestor beds have been installed at 44 runway ends at 30 U.S. airports, with several more planned.— Ian MacLeod, Ottawa Citizen, 21 June 2010

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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