seat belt


: an arrangement of straps designed to hold a person steady in a seat (as in an airplane or automobile)

Examples of seat belt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paramedics transported Jones, who was not wearing a seat belt, to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, according to officials. Sally Krutzig, Idaho Statesman, 6 Feb. 2024 The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and suffered major injuries. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 The Ford driver, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. Andrea Klick, Kansas City Star, 1 Feb. 2024 Many of those deaths resulted from intoxicated driving, speeding and not wearing a seat belt. Devika Rao, theweek, 30 Jan. 2024 The driver was wearing a seat belt, but the passenger was not. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 Jan. 2024 Experts said the incident could have been far worse if passengers had been seated next to that section or if the incident occurred later in the flight when people typically unbuckle their seat belts. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 26 Jan. 2024 Only two occupants of the Honda Odyssey were listed in the report as wearing seat belts: the 28-year-old driver, Rushil Barri of Irving, and Lokesh’s wife, 36-year-old Naveena Potabathula. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 Jan. 2024 All three occupants of the Passat, who were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, were taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, the news release said. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, 19 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seat belt was in 1932

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“Seat belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

seat belt

: a strap designed to hold a person in a seat (as in an automobile or airplane)

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