air bag



an inflatable plastic bag mounted under the dashboard or on the back of the front seat of a car: it cushions the driver and passengers by inflating automatically in the event of collision.

Origin of air bag

1830–40, for an earlier sense Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for air bag

Historical Examples of air bag

  • This had been already prepared; and only needed to be attached to the bottom of the air-bag.

    The Cliff Climbers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • A sort of pipe is attached to this air-bag, which is played upon with both hands.

    The Story of Malta

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • One important part of the egg is the air-bag, placed at the larger end, between the shell and its lining membrane.

  • The same fate has been meted out to that other venerable test of sex, the position of the air-bag at the blunt end of the shell.

  • Four or five of the animals were tied together and drawn over by a man seated across an air-bag.

British Dictionary definitions for air bag

air bag


a safety device in a car, consisting of a bag that inflates automatically in an accident and prevents the passengers from being thrown forwards
one of a number of large inflatable bags comprising part of a spacecraft's landing system, enabling the craft to come to rest through a series of bounces
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