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seat belt

or seatbelt

noun
1.
a belt or strap in an automobile, airplane, etc., fastened around or sometimes diagonally across the midsection to keep the person safely secured, as during a sudden stop.
Also called safety belt.
Compare lap belt.
Origin of seat belt
1945-1950
First recorded in 1945-50
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  • He shook his head to clear his vision, then started to unfasten his seat belt.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • He noticed suddenly that the seat belt light had flashed on.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He looked around for the seat belt, as he started driving down the road.

    Baartock Lewis Roth
  • Alec unclamped the seat belt, then slammed his magnetic clamp suit boots against the outer plates of the carrier.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • Senator Vance Duran unhooked the seat belt, reached for his briefcase, and stepped into the crowded aisle.

    A Mixture of Genius Arnold Castle
British Dictionary definitions for seat belt

seat belt

noun
1.
Also called safety belt. a belt or strap worn in a vehicle to restrain forward motion in the event of a collision
2.
a similar belt or strap worn in an aircraft at takeoff and landing and in rough weather
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