Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A physical search of a person made usually by patting the body with the hands and often by exploring bodily orifices in an attempt to find concealed weapons, explosives, drugs, or other contraband.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

Sorry, no example sentences found.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • When I went through Los Angeles airport I was surprised at all the signs referring to LAX Security. Course this was in more carefree days, but still.

    October 21, 2008

  • Oxter! I forgot all about that lovely word!

    October 21, 2008

  • A friend has recently returned from a journey to the US. Apparently at LAX there is a sign at customs which reads (and I think I've got this right):
    "You may elect a private area* for your body search."

    Can I choose the inside of my left elbow? Or my oxter?

    *it may have been "private location"

    October 21, 2008