wet suit


Definition of wet suit 

: a close-fitting suit made of material (such as sponge rubber) that is worn (as by a skin diver) especially in cold water to retain body heat and that traps a thin layer of water against the body

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Steve Wilson had watched his three buddies each put on a wet suit top, a mask and flippers and then disappear into the water inside a cave in rural Arkansas. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "‘The verge of panic the entire time’: A survivor remembers diving to escape a flooded cave," 9 July 2018 Lit by several beams of white light, the divers in wet suits and helmets are seen submerging themselves in the water and grabbing on to a metal dive line used to guide them through the winding channels of the six-mile cave. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "New video from Thai navy shows the scene inside Tham Luang cave during dramatic rescue," 11 July 2018 When facing immersion in very cold water, wear a wet suit. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rafters launch stellar season for rivers, water sports," 13 May 2018 Most wear wet suits and many say they have been harassed in some way while surfing, but their numbers are growing. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Meanwhile in ... Kazakhstan, an entire nation is struggling to learn a new alphabet," 7 June 2018 When sewage spills from Tijuana close the South Bay shoreline, Jesse Ramirez can’t sell wet suits or rent out surfboards. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How do you run a surf shop when sewage spills constantly close the beach?," 27 May 2018 And tourists who want to give surfing a try in the small fishing village of Ericeira can rent a beginner’s board and wet suit for less than $30 dollars. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Pull out your passport: A rising dollar eases the cost of summer travel overseas," 23 May 2018 The Shape of Water adaptation that followed was equally as bizarre, with Corden clad in a scaly wet suit reminiscent of the amphibious creature from the Oscar-winning Guillermo Del Toro film. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Audra McDonald & Dan Stevens Turn 'Taxi Driver,' 'The Shape of Water' Into Inappropriate Musicals On 'Late Late Show': Watch," 22 May 2018 Strong winds created monstrous waves from 13 to 15 feet in Lake Erie over the weekend, which had some surfers grabbing for the wet suits -- water temperatures were in the 30s. Gus Chan, cleveland.com, "Families learn to make Challah at workshop sponsored by JHUB (photos)," 16 Apr. 2018

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wet suit

: a piece of clothing that is made of rubber and that is worn by swimmers, divers, etc., when they are in cold water in order to keep their bodies warm

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