in·​flat·​able | \ in-ˈflā-tə-bəl How to pronounce inflatable (audio) \

Definition of inflatable

: capable of being inflated an inflatable boat

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inflatable noun

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Photos showed yellow-helmeted emergency workers in red inflatable dinghies navigating through the inner harbor streets, where dark green seawater rose at least half way up the street level store fronts. John Lyons, WSJ, "A Search for Survivors as Typhoon Mangkhut Cleanup Begins," 17 Sep. 2018 Others are working on ropeless lobster pots that use inflatable bags to bring the traps to the surface. Russ Bynum,, "'Beginning of the end?' No new babies for endangered whales," 26 Mar. 2018 At the time the department's high-water rescue fleet included 10 shallow-water evacuation boats, six swift-water Zodiac rescue boats, several inflatable dinghies, four functional wave runners. St. John Barned-smith, Houston Chronicle, "Houston votes to spend $2 million on new rescue boats, highwater rescue vehicles, for fire dept.," 28 Feb. 2018 The backdrops are static and wallpaper-like, the animals ultra-fake—toy birds, an inflatable horse, a cutout deer—and Red Star is at the center of them all, dressed in ceremonial Crow clothing that’s as contemporary as last month’s runway offerings. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Wendy Red Star's New Exhibition Is Part Historical Corrective, Part Ghost Story," 2 Mar. 2019 Live bands, fair food, beer garden, games, inflatable village, 5K run/walk, fireworks (Saturday) and more. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "BOOM! 15+ Fourth of July events that'll have you cheering for America," 28 June 2018 Passengers got out on the wings and inflatable rafts as commuter ferries raced to the rescue. Deepti Hajela, The Seattle Times, "‘Miracle’ flight survivors mark decade of thankfulness," 15 Jan. 2019 With two more young children in the family this time, their latest trip will probably include a whole lot more ice cream, sandcastle building and swimming pool inflatable assault courses than ever before. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Reportedly on Their First Vacation as a Family of Five," 20 July 2018 The festivities include live music, games for children, inflatable rides, food vendors and swimming near the village’s namesake lake before a fireworks display at dusk, Lake Zurich officials said. Todd Shields,, "Days-long Fourth of July Fest turns holiday into community affair for Barrington," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of inflatable

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inflatable was in 1878

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in·​flat·​able | \ in-ˈflā-tə-bəl How to pronounce inflatable (audio) \

Kids Definition of inflatable

: possible to fill with air or gas an inflatable life raft


in·​flat·​able | \ in-ˈflāt-ə-bəl How to pronounce inflatable (audio) \

Medical Definition of inflatable

: capable of being inflated an inflatable prosthesis

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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