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seat belt

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
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He simply cut the straps off an old messenger bag, which were made of already-recycled seatbelt webbing.
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  • He was cut off in traffic and slamming his brakes caused the seatbelt to pull tight across his collar bone.
  • Not only do teens have a lower seatbelt use rate than adults they also have the tendency to improperly wear the restraints.
British Dictionary definitions for seatbelt

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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