crash·​wor·​thy ˈkrash-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce crashworthy (audio)
: resistant to the effects of collision
crashworthy cars
crashworthiness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The troop seats and retracting landing gear are also engineered to be crashworthy. Allison Barrie, Fox News, 13 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crashworthy was in 1966

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Cite this Entry

“Crashworthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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