Full record for suit n.

Definition =spacesuit
OED requirements antedating 1928
Earliest cite E. E. Smith 'The Skylark of Space'
Comment Douglas Winston submitted a 1966 cite from Isaac Asimov's "The Key". Douglas Winston submitted a 1972 cite from Alan Dean Foster's "The Tar-Aiym Krang". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from an undated reprint of Andre Norton's 1968 "The Zero Stone". Douglas Winston submitted a 1985 cite from Bruce Sterling's "Schismatrix". Douglas Winston submitted a 1986 cite from C. J. Cherryh's "Chanur's Homecoming". Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of David Gerrold's "Starhunt". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of James Schmitz's "Agent of Vega"; Mike Christie verified it in the original 1949 magazine appearance. Douglas Winston submitted a 1967 cite from Ben Bova's "Fifteen Miles". Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of Henry Kuttner's "Camouflage"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1945 original magazine appearance. Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of Robert H. Wilson's 1931 "Out Around Rigel". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of Frank K. Kelly's 1933 "Into the Meteorite Orbit". Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of Ross Rocklynne's "At the Center of Gravity"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1936 original magazine appearance. Jeff Prucher submitted a 1931 cite from Nathan Schachner and Arthur Leo Zagat's "The Emperor of the Stars". Alistair Durie submitted a 1928 cite from E.E. Smith's "The Skylark of Space"
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Citations for suit n.

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1928 Amazing Stories 3 539/2 He took a long inhalation, deposited the butt of his cigarette carefully in his ash tray, and made his way to his room. He returned with three heavy fur suits provided with air helmets, two of which he handed to the girls, who were huddled in a seat with their arms around each other. These suits were the armor designed by Crane for use in exploring the vacuum and the intense cold of dead worlds.
1928 Amazing Stories 3 541/1 All three donned the suits and stationed themselves at the upper opening.
1931 N. Schachner & A. L. Zagat in Wonder Stories Apr. 1215/1 By this time he had donned the suit; only the helmet was not yet clamped into position.
1936 R. Rocklynne in Astounding Stories June 70/2 Or else we wait until our oxygen tanks run low, and then cut a hole in the fabric of our suits.
1936 R. Rocklynne in Astounding Stories June 68/1 Both were clad in the tough, insulated, smoothly curving suits that man must wear in space.
1945 ‘L. Padgett’ in Astounding Sci. Fiction Sept. 155/2 All he could do, sweating in the uncomfortable suit, was to manipulate a built-in gadget so that he managed to swallow a salt tablet and a few gulps of tepid water.
1949 Astounding Sci. Fiction July 52/1 She was in an ordinary space-suit—no armor. She sat rigid and motionless, blocking his advance down that side of the room because the suit she wore would have burst into incandescence at the first splash of the hellish energies pouring dangerously past her.
1958 R. Silverberg Invaders from Earth (1987) x. 96 At the end of the first hour he had a fair idea of how to run the suit, though he was still vague on what to do when the powerpak ran dry.
1966 I. Asimov in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Oct. 7/1 They took the small skim-boat back to the mother ship. They shucked their suits once on board, something Jennings at least was always glad to do.
1967 B. Bova in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction May 65/2 Finally he had to stop. The suit was heating up too much from his exertion.
1968 ‘A. Norton’ Zero Stone (1969) 61 There was another opening at the end of this space, giving entrance directly to the lock, saving time when one must suit or unsuit in leaving or entering the ship. I ran my hand along the rack of suits, striving to find one enough my size to be, if not comfortable, usable.
1968 ‘A. Norton’ Zero Stone (1969) 59 Wear a space suit—through the lock? I might live then as long as the air in the suit lasted.
1972 A. D. Foster Tar-Aiym Krang 105 They passed several vessels in parking orbit around the planet, including one of the great fueling stations for the shuttles. Some of the giant craft were in the process of loading or unloading, and men in suits floated about them sparkling like diamond dust.
1972 D. Gerrold Yesterday's Children 27 When the men are at last secure in their suits, their helmets are lowered over their heads.
1977 F. K. Kelly Into Meteorite Orbit in D. Knight Sci. Fiction of Thirties 112 Girand's heart tightened suddenly, the breath caught in his throat; the power was dying, choking off in his suit!
1977 R. H. Wilson Out Around Rigel in D. Knight Sci. Fiction of Thirties 16 ‘It's unbreathable, but we'll be able to use the space suits. Mostly fluorine. It would eat your lungs out like that!’‘And the suits?’‘Fortunately, they've been covered with helio-beryllium paint.’
1985 ‘D. Gerrold’ Starhunt 27 When the men were at last secure in their suits, their helmets were lowered over their heads.
1985 B. Sterling Schismatrix 78 The three Reps laughed, lifting off their helmets. Lindsay popped the seal and pulled the suit helmet over his head.
1985 B. Sterling Schismatrix 78 The combat session had lasted longer than he'd expected. He had hidden the wad from an inhaler inside the suit; he'd soaked it in vasopressin.
1986 ‘C. J. Cherryh’ Chanur's Homecoming 33 A pair of armed kif headed toward her airlock. They wore no suits, only the hooded black robes universal with their kind. That meant the kif put some reliance on the jury-patches and the repressurization of this zone of the dock.
1988 K. Randle & R. Cornett Aldebaran Campaign 56 If the planet hadn't had an Earth-type atmosphere, we'd have had to go in wearing environment suits and set up our own biosphere shelter so we could occasionally stand-down without the suits. Living in an environment suit is a bitch.
1991 L. Niven et al. Fallen Angels 11 Five times his suit had leaked air while they worked to save Freedom Station.
1992 N. Stephenson Snow Crash viii. 59 They come here to talk turkey with suits from around the world.
1994 D. Spencer Passing Fancy viii. 102 One guy, suit‥biggish nose, plastic basket on his arm.
1997 J. Noon Nymphomation (1998) 180 ‘Except it's closed on Saturdays. Come back Monday.’ The suit laughed himself into the gents' lavatory.
2001 Dreamwatch Oct. 49/3 For him, it's simply a case of getting his head down and working—and leaving the suits to worry about the politics.