Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Designed to be filled with air or gas before use: an inflatable mattress.
  • n. An object or device that can be filled with air or gas, especially:
  • n. A small rubber boat or raft filled with air.
  • n. A large helium or hot-air balloon constructed so as to resemble a figure or object when inflated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to be inflated or blown up.
  • n. A boat or dinghy that may be inflated when needed.
  • n. Any other structure, artwork etc. that is inflated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That may be inflated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of inflation; that may be inflated or distended.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. designed to be filled with air or gas

Etymologies

inflate +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Search and rescue crews were looking for the other three crew members in inflatable boats and using nearby aircraft, including search and rescue helicopters, until about 6: 30 p.m. when the helicopters were called off for safety reasons, Hanzlik said.

    KIA KIA/BNR

  • There were other children my age playing with what I can only describe as inflatable silver pillows.

    Irish Blogs

  • So that's how the idea of inflatable tents came up.

    Boing Boing

  • You can now do that with the latest innovation called the inflatable hot tubs.

    ReadABlog.com New Blogs and RSS Feeds

  • The CPSC says the recalled inflatable baby floats were sold in a variety of styles and colors.

    News for WSAV

  • Aqua-Leisure Industries is recalling inflatable baby floats sold nationwide from December 2002 to June 2009.

    WN.com - Business News

  • "With the raw materials, the labor costs, the cargo fees going up and now the renminbi appreciation, it's really hard to do business," said Huang Hongying, 50, who runs a company with her husband making plastic products such as inflatable backyard pools, pool toys and rafts.

    As U.S pushes China on currency, small manufacturers say they're already hurting

  • the drizzly chaos preceding our 4th of July celebration knowing each of the older campers by name inflatable kyak races on the pool

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • The Shuttle's large payload bay might also make it possible for NASA to test next generation technologies such as inflatable hab modules and various Orion components (like the solar arrays) in space conditions before their operational introduction.

    Shuttle Extension To 2015 Possible - But Not Cheap - NASA Watch

  • In 2004, the most recent year for which we found complete data, inflatable rides, such as inflatable slides and bouncers, accounted for an estimated 4,900 injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms, according to the agency.

    Inflatable accidents are up, up and away

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Overheard in Newlyn, Cornwall, recently: "I'm not your type - I'm not inflatable."

    March 4, 2012