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)

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Kelly Hughes of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the woman, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene and no passengers were in the vehicle at the time. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Florence weakens to tropical depression, but flooding threat remains severe," 16 Sep. 2018 Foster, who authorities said was wearing a seat belt in the back seat of the Focus, was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Western Boone student killed in head-on crash 'touched many lives,' school says," 1 Mar. 2018 The elder Cohen was wearing his seat belt and was not seriously hurt. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle middle-school student injured in crash near Cle Elum dies," 24 Oct. 2018 My advice is to strap down your seat belts, turn off your cable-television news shows, and spend your evenings, quietly, reading Plutarch. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "The Curious Parallels Between Trump and Kaiser Wilhelm II," 22 Oct. 2018 Fascinating though, a new poll by YouGov finds, buckle your seat belt now, that women are actually less likely than men to see Christine Ford's allegations as credible, 25 to 28 percent, not a huge margin but a real one. Fox News, "New developments in Tucker's Google investigation; Dean Cain on Hollywood rallying behind Kavanaugh's accuser," 22 Sep. 2018 Unclick your seat belt or open the car door, and the system disengages. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "George Hotz is on a hacker crusade against the ‘scam’ of self-driving cars," 13 July 2018 Steffl unbuckled his seat belt and stood in front of him. Dan Joling, USA TODAY, "Passenger helps subdue unruly naked man on flight to Alaska," 16 May 2018 Tenorio, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the driver’s seat when his Nissan rolled, the charges say. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Prosecutors: Kent man crashed twice shortly before rolling his pickup, killing 4 passengers," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of seat belt

1932, in the meaning defined above

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Time Traveler for seat belt

The first known use of seat belt was in 1932

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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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