Belter

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belt +‎ -er; see -er (inhabitant).

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Belter (plural Belters)

  1. (science fiction) An inhabitant of an asteroid belt, especially that between Mars and Jupiter.
    • 1966 February, Niven, Larry, “The Warriors”, in If, volume 16, number 2 (#99 overall), page 152:
      You noticed a habit of mine once. I never make gestures. All Belters have that trait. It's because on a small mining ship you could hit something waving your arms around.
    • 2015 December 22, Steven Strait as Jim Holden, Remembering the Cant (The Expanse), season 1, episode 3:
      Earth and Mars have been stepping on the necks of the Belters out here for over 100 years and I didn't want to be the boot.

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