seat belt


Definition of 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 The police said Carvajal, who was on probation for a previous DUI manslaughter conviction, was the only person in the car who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Drunken driver kills passenger after going airborne and crashing into dealership," 26 Apr. 2021 Carvajal, who suffered minor injuries, was the only one inside the vehicle wearing a seat belt, investigators say. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Florida police chase ends after vehicle goes airborne, crashes into car dealership," 26 Apr. 2021 He was also cited for not wearing a seat belt and for the headlight violation. cleveland, "Man arrested for violating protection order charged a second time for calling the woman from jail: Solon police blotter," 22 Apr. 2021 Engel, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "St. Paul man killed in crash on I-94 near Monticello," 17 Apr. 2021 Days after the accident, Philip, who was 97 at the time, was photographed behind the wheel of a different Land Rover not wearing a seat belt. Washington Post, "Prince Philip’s coffin will be carried in a Land Rover he designed," 16 Apr. 2021 Woods was wearing a seat belt at the time, and the vehicle’s airbags deployed. Stefanie Dazio, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tiger Woods was driving up to 87 mph when he crashed SUV," 7 Apr. 2021 The victim, whose name was not released by FHP, was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report. Cristóbal Reyes,, "Man killed in crash near DeLand, FHP says," 10 Apr. 2021 Proponents of safe storage gun legislation have compared it to seat belt laws. Washington Post, "He said he was going to watch cartoons. Instead, he opened his dad’s gun safe.," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of seat belt

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seat belt was in 1932

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28 Apr 2021

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“Seat belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seat belt

: a strap on a vehicle's seat that holds a person in the seat if there is an accident

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Kids Definition of seat belt

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

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