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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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • 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.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • This had been already prepared; and only needed to be attached to the bottom of the air-bag.

    The Cliff Climbers Captain Mayne Reid
  • Four or five of the animals were tied together and drawn over by a man seated across an air-bag.

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

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
  • Our air-bag has to be emptied and filled so often that we cannot live under water long at a time, as a frog does.

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

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • When the air has been changed to carbonic-acid gas, he must come to the surface to empty his air-bag and drink it full again.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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