pressure suit

noun

Definition of pressure suit

: an inflatable suit for high-altitude or space flight to protect the body from low pressure

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Wearing a pressure suit and strapped into the plane, Crawford then did far more than observe. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "Air Force’s activist veteran Ollie Crawford buried at Fort Sam," 5 Aug. 2019 Amid the aerial splendors, there is also a glimpse of Maverick donning a mysterious high altitude pressure suit, which raises the flying stakes. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Top Gun 2': Everything we know about 'Maverick' after Tom Cruise drops first trailer," 18 July 2019 Space suits—designed to provide oxygen and consistent atmospheric pressure—have evolved from pressure suits for pilots in high-altitude planes to ones that can keep astronauts alive in the near-vacuum conditions of space. National Geographic, "How flight suits have evolved to keep astronauts safe in space," 17 June 2019 Weight: 34 lb VCM: 8 lb WINNIE MAE Wiley Post designed the first pressure suit, made of cotton and rubber, and flew nearly 50,000 feet high in it. National Geographic, "How flight suits have evolved to keep astronauts safe in space," 17 June 2019 Powered by two Pratt & Whitney J58 turboramjets, the jet could fly faster than Mach 3 and climb so high that the crew needed to wear pressure suits so as not to pass out. Erik Schechter, Popular Mechanics, "What Made the SR-71 Blackbird Such a Badass Plane," 28 Apr. 2015 Kittinger has been reportedly instrumental to the construction of these new full pressure suits, providing his 50 years of experience of the physiological effects of near-space. Jonathan Doyle, Popular Mechanics, "Red Bull Stratos Challenge Halts Due to Lawsuit," 20 Oct. 2010 Turkish sailors practiced with a new pressure suit—resembling a cross between Iron Man and the Michelin Man—in which a diver can move at depths where a person would normally be crushed to death. Julian E. Barnes, WSJ, "NATO Practices Delicate Task of Submarine Rescue," 21 Oct. 2017

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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pressure suit

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: an inflatable suit for high-altitude or space flight to protect the body from low pressure

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