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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.
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Also called safety belt.
Compare lap belt.
Origin of seat belt
First recorded in 1945–50
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How to use seat belt in a sentence
Position your seatbelt tight and low across your hips, like my grandmother wears her support bra.Viral Video of the Day: Comic Flight Attendant|The Daily Beast Video|April 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I actually quit prefacing my Ralph Nader screeds with the obligatory he-gave-us-the-seatbelt boilerplate years ago.Ralph Nader Has Truly Lost It|Michael Tomasky|July 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yu believes that one of the dead teens, whose body was found on the runway, may not have been wearing a seatbelt.Stuck in Limbo After San Francisco Crash|Christine Pelisek|July 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As the seatbelt clicked, Mr. Klein said, “I wish I were where that bagel is.”My Own Horace Mann Story and The New York Times Abuse Report|Kate Aurthur|June 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She gave me a small pillow and instructed me to put it between my tummy and the seatbelt.You're Pregnant, Have a Drink|Kate Tuttle|October 6, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Allenby looked up at him as Jenkins swung the helmet back and unhooked the seatbelt.Pleasant Journey|Richard F. Thieme
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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