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

Examples of wet suit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, the Hawaii National Guard officer and Iraq War veteran is taking off the wet suit and hitting the slopes. Fox News, "Democracy 2020 Digest: Buttigieg teams up with Charlamagne tha God," 24 Jan. 2020 The only businesses clearly affected are surf schools, some of which have closed, and surf shops, where sales of surfboards, body boards and wet suits have dropped. Kate Taylor, New York Times, "‘Shark!’: Cape Cod Recoils in a Summer of Great White Sightings, Real and Imagined," 20 Aug. 2019 Seaside beach holidays to the Irish coast began to include surf lessons, made easier and safer by soft foam surfboards and comfortable, warm wet suits. New York Times, "Chasing Waves on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way," 12 Aug. 2019 Over the last 10 years, Ben Wolfe has boarded a boat in the Santa Barbara Harbor with his wet suit and scuba tank, ready to catch lobsters. Los Angeles Times, "Deadly California boat fire devastates community of local divers," 3 Sep. 2019 Underground suffering involved painful squeezes through tight, cold and wet passages: Putting on a frozen wet suit and marching across frozen Yorkshire moorland. Ben Santer, Scientific American, "Rock Climbing, Climate Science and Leadership," 16 Sep. 2019 For a unique open water challenge, members broke out their wet suits for the 2019 Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim challenge in San Francisco Bay. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Swim Fort Lauderdale Masters Team enjoys whirlwind competitive summer," 12 Sep. 2019 The invention of the modern neoprene wet suit in the early 1950s is widely credited to Jack O’Neill, a surfer then living in San Francisco. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "After fire, divers worry that burst of regulations will restrain free-spirited sport," 10 Sep. 2019 Each skier wore a wet suit and a life vest, and kite surfing harnesses that allowed them to secure the rope handle and rest their arms part of the time. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Can you waterski across Lake Michigan? Yep. Two teens skiied 62 miles from Wisconsin to Michigan," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of wet suit

1955, in the meaning defined above

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6 Feb 2020

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“Wet suit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet%20suit. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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