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

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Tofino is evidently the best surfing beach in North America — people go up there year-round and get great waves in the winter, with wet suits. Sandy Deneau Dunham, The Seattle Times, "Jim Olson’s Tofino Beach House is one for the books," 25 Oct. 2018 Guides typically supply helmets, wet suits and other equipment. Colleen Barry, Fox News, "Prosecutors investigate hiker deaths in Italy gorge flood," 21 Aug. 2018 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

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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wet suit

noun

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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