crashworthiness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

crashworthy +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

crashworthiness (uncountable)

  1. The state or quality of being crashworthy.
    • 2020 October 7, Philip Haigh, “From Southall to Carmont... how to keep passengers safe”, in Rail, page 46:
      They noted: "The crashworthiness of the early carriage was of a low standard. By the end of the 19th century, the continuous automatic brake and the absolute block system had greatly reduced the accident rate, but the accidents that did occur often reduced the wood vehicles to matchwood."