Full record for vacsuit n.

Definition a vacuum suit; a space suit
OED requirements antedating 1942
Earliest cite L. Brackett 'Child of the Sun'
Comment Also 'vac suit', 'vac-suit'.

Douglas Winston submitted a 1969 cite for "vac-suit" from Richard C. Meredith's "We all Died at Breakaway Station". Mike Christie checked the cite in the 1968 first publication, and it doesn't appear there. Douglas Winston submitted a 1982 cite for "vacsuit" from Michael McCollum's "A Greater Infinity". Douglas Winston submitted a cite for "vac suit" from a 1997 reprint of David Weber's 1993 "On Basilisk Station". Fred Galvin submitted a cite for "vac-suit" from a 1959 reprint of Leigh Brackett's 1944 "Terror Out of Space". Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite for "vac suit" from Leigh Brackett's "Child of the Sun". Fred Galvin submitted a 1967 cite from Keith Laumer's "Spaceman!".

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Citations for vacsuit n.

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1942 L. Brackett Child of Sun in Planet Stories Spring 107/2 ‘Vac suits,’ he said. ‘There are two and a spare.’ They got into them, shuffled through the airlock, and stood still, the first humans on an undiscovered world.
1967 K. Laumer Spaceman! in Worlds of If Sci. Fiction June 100/2 Along the way, I learned the ins and outs of an ion-pulse drive and a stressed-field generator; and I served my time in vac suits, working outside under the big black sky that wrapped all the way around and seemed to pull at me like a magnet that would suck me away into its deepest blackest depths, every hour I spent out on a hull.
1969 R. C. Meredith We All Died at Breakaway Station ii. 14 Comm Tech Sheila Brandt knelt on the cold, naked stone, cramped and uncomfortable in her vac-suit, and carefully clipped the probes of the meter she held in her hand to a set of terminals on the device embedded in the stone.
1981 M. McCollum Which Way To Ends Of Time? in Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact Aug. 17 16/2 Which was why I spent an average of twelve hours every day on the Lunar surface in a smelly vacsuit either being broiled by a too-hot sun or struggling to keep my toes from frostbite.
1984 W. Gibson Neuromancer (1989) iii.x.129, I want you to get over to the pro shop and get yourself fitted for a vac suit.
1993 Sci. Fiction Age Jan. 53/1 He began putting on a vacsuit, pausing before he sealed the helmet.
1993 D. Weber On Basilisk Station xxvii. 39 She cut the circuit and whirled to her own locker. She jerked it open and yanked out her vac suit and shed her kimono in one flowing movement, then sat on the edge of the bed and shoved her feet into the suit.