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wet suit

noun
1.
a close-fitting rubber garment worn by a skin diver in cold water that allows a thin, insulating layer of water to collect between the diver's skin and the suit in order to retain body heat.
Origin of wet suit
1950-1955
First recorded in 1950-55
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  • Finally he hung the wet suit in the closet, with his dry pajamas spread carefully over them.

    The Cinder Pond Carroll Watson Rankin
  • Inside of five minutes the next landing place was made, and Bob Bangs went ashore, taking his wet suit with him.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • Her scarlet bathing cap flamed against the ash blue sky and her wet suit clung to her slender form like a sheath of black lacquer.

  • To change from one wet suit to another only a little less so is conducive neither to comfort nor to a peaceful old age.

    The Tent Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Her wet suit of light blue and green silk clung closely to her, showing the lines of her justly proportioned body.

  • The Hawk answered their questions about his wet suit with a brief explanation of the fight, then got down to business.

    The Bluff of the Hawk Anthony Gilmore
British Dictionary definitions for wet suit

wet suit

noun
1.
a close-fitting rubber suit used by skin divers, yachtsmen, etc, to retain body heat when they are immersed in water or sailing in cold weather
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