Noun(1) medieval body armor that covers the chest and back
(1) Body armour, in the form of the iron cuirass , continued to be worn throughout much of the 17th century before its eventual demise.(2) An armed figure with Corinthian helmet, cuirass , and greaves, and holding a spear and round shield, runs with a very wide stride behind each chariot.(3) In the first, Herakles tries out his weapons, still wearing the cuirass that bespeaks military engagement, and in the second, he strips down and turns to physical force alone.(4) He turned his back to Hunter, showing his armor was a breastplate instead of a cuirass like Hunter wore.(5) Negative-pressure ventilation using a chest cuirass can also be used for daytime ventilation, although current models are not portable.(6) A cuirass ventilator, rocking bed, and pneumobelt are less commonly used.(7) On other occasions, large differences were observed, and attributed to air leaks due to thorax/abdomen disproportion and poor fit of the cuirass .(8) The French and Germans experimented with metal cuirasses for machine gunners in World War I; the Americans did not adopt chest armor until World War II, when some bomber crews were provided with ‘flak jackets.’
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