helmet


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A personal protective device of hardened plastic (or other materials) worn on the head to decrease the severity of injuries in the event of an accident

helmet

Public health A personal protective device of hardened plastic worn on the head to ↓ severity of injuries in the event of an accident. See Pro cap helmet.
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There he chose twelve shields, with as many helmets and spears, and brought them back as fast as he could to give them to the suitors.
Then the son of Atreus drew his sword, and drove at the projecting part of his helmet, but the sword fell shivered in three or four pieces from his hand, and he cried, looking towards Heaven, "Father Jove, of all gods thou art the most despiteful; I made sure of my revenge, but the sword has broken in my hand, my spear has been hurled in vain, and I have not killed him.
The strap of the helmet that went under his chin was choking him, and Menelaus would have dragged him off to his own great glory had not Jove's daughter Venus been quick to mark and to break the strap of oxhide, so that the empty helmet came away in his hand.
In the final bout, however, Sir Nigel struck his opponent with so true an aim that the point of the lance caught between the bars of his vizor and tore the front of his helmet out, while the German, aiming somewhat low, and half stunned by the shock, had the misfortune to strike his adversary upon the thigh, a breach of the rules of the tilting-yard, by which he not only sacrificed his chances of success, but would also have forfeited his horse and his armor, had the English knight chosen to claim them.
Behind the tents the great war-horses, armed at all points, champed and reared, while their masters sat at the doors of their pavilions, with their helmets upon their knees, chatting as to the order of the day's doings.
For him, then did the people of the Geats prepare upon the earth a funeral pile, strong, hung round with helmets, with war boards and bright byrnies as he had requested.
the White Knight remarked, putting on his helmet too.
And then he took the helmet off again--but it took hours and hours to get me out.
All kinds of fastness,' he repeated: 'but it was careless of him to put another man's helmet on--with the man in it, too.
She turned the helmet the other side up, And--just picture it
And long afterwards, when he was talking of other things, he broke out into his healthy laugh, showing his strong, close rows of teeth, when he thought of the helmet.
79 million are motorcycles and 10 percent motorcyclists wear helmet whereas 90 percent have not helmet.