crumple zone
noun Date: 1973 a section of an automobile body designed to absorb the force of an impact in order to protect the passengers

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  • crumple zone — UK US noun [countable] [singular crumple zone plural crumple zones] the part of a car that is designed to crumple in a crash so that the passengers are protected from the force of the crash Thesaurus: external parts of cars and other road vehic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Crumple zone — A crash test illustrates how a crumple zone absorbs energy from an impact …   Wikipedia

  • crumple zone — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms crumple zone : singular crumple zone plural crumple zones the part of a car that is designed to crumple in a crash so that the passengers are protected from the force of the crash …   English dictionary

  • crumple zone — noun a part of a motor vehicle, especially the extreme front and rear, designed to crumple easily in a crash and absorb the main force of an impact …   English new terms dictionary

  • crumple zone — noun A structural feature of an automobile / motor car designed to compress during an accident and absorb impact energy …   Wiktionary

  • crumple zone — noun (C) part of a car that crumples easily in an accident to protect the people inside …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • crumple zone — /ˈkrʌmpəl zoʊn/ (say krumpuhl zohn) noun an area of a motor vehicle body, especially at the front and rear ends, which is designed to deform progressively on impact to help absorb the energy of a collision and protect the occupants of the vehicle …   Australian English dictionary

  • crumple zone — An area of a vehicle that is designed to compress during an accident to absorb the energy from the impact …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • crumple — v. & n. v. 1 tr. & intr. (often foll. by up) a crush or become crushed into creases. b ruffle, wrinkle. 2 intr. (often foll. by up) collapse, give way. n. a crease or wrinkle. Phrases and idioms: crumple zone a part of a motor vehicle, esp. the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • zone — A euphoric state of mind experienced when riding a bike and everything is going right. Also See crumple zone, deformation zone, heat affected zone, preheating zone, splash zone, squish zone, tire contact zone, tow away zone, and quench zones …   Dictionary of automotive terms

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