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seat belt

or seatbelt

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
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
  • Alec unclamped the seat belt, then slammed his magnetic clamp suit boots against the outer plates of the carrier.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • He noticed suddenly that the seat belt light had flashed on.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Senator Vance Duran unhooked the seat belt, reached for his briefcase, and stepped into the crowded aisle.

    A Mixture of Genius Arnold Castle
  • Mrs. Jackson let Baartock put on his seat belt himself, but she checked to make sure it was fastened.

    Baartock Lewis Roth
British Dictionary definitions for seat belt

seat belt

Also called safety belt. a belt or strap worn in a vehicle to restrain forward motion in the event of a collision
a similar belt or strap worn in an aircraft at takeoff and landing and in rough weather
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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