wet suit

noun

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 The guides, Robyn Adams, Jay Cartagena and Eric Stiller, the founder of Manhattan Kayak Co, picked out a wet suit for Ms. Driver and offered her a fleece layer. New York Times, 17 June 2022 Included are accommodations, surf equipment (wet suit, surfboard, leash and wax), and a two-hour surf lesson for two people each night. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 5 June 2022 The day Hunter disappeared had been cold, the water was frigid, and Hunter didn’t take his wet suit. Stephen Rodrick, Rolling Stone, 1 May 2022 Rizzo is seen wearing skiing gear, including a jacket, helmet, goggles and gloves, while Saget is ready for a tropical getaway with his wet suit, snorkel and flippers. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 1 Apr. 2022 Another development at the time was the creation of the wet suit. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2022 On a recent Wednesday morning in December, Tess Posthumus drove about 30 minutes from her home in Amsterdam to the beach, zipped up her wet suit, grabbed her surfboard and headed into the ocean. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 In colder conditions, such as in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Moore would typically wear a wet suit under baggy waterproof outer clothing, and a life jacket. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 The watch comes with two straps: a blue rubber accordion strap, which can fit around a wet suit sleeve, and Panerai’s new UPCamo bi-material strap which is a combination of rubber and a camouflage fabric inspired by Italian Navy uniforms. Carol Besler, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wet suit

1955, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jun 2022

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“Wet suit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet%20suit. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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