life buoy


: a ring-shaped life preserver

Examples of life buoy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Senate Bill 424 calls for public and private-owned piers and beach drop-offs to be outfitted with at least one ring life buoy. Carole Carlson, Chicago Tribune, 7 Feb. 2023 For an immigrant in a new country, telling one’s story might feel like a life buoy; for a formerly enslaved person, legibility was a matter of life and death. New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of life buoy was in 1783

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“Life buoy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

life buoy

: a ring-shaped life preserver
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