life jacket


Definition of life jacket 

: a life preserver in the form of a buoyant vest

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One image depicted charity workers handing out life jackets to migrants on an overflowing raft off the coast of Libya. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "Benetton ‘Migrants’ Ads Draw Outrage for Using Photos of Real Migrants," 21 June 2018 The pair’s 24-foot pleasure craft overturned in the waters near Islamorada, but both were wearing life jackets. Juan Ortega,, "Two pulled to safety after their boat capsizes in Florida Keys," 14 July 2018 Two other people in the boat appeared to be wearing life jackets. CBS News, "Video shows man on raft attempting to smuggle people into U.S. via the Rio Grande river," 12 July 2018 Another video shows the man walking into the store, past a rack of life jackets and a child playing with a baseball bat. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "This guy went in Dick's Sporting Goods, picked up an armful of clothes and walked out," 12 June 2018 Children can ride on their parents' laps, and life jackets are available for a small fee. Hillary Speed,, "In Western North Carolina: Do go chasing waterfalls," 26 June 2018 He also is required to have onboard a fire extinguisher, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and life jackets. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They love fishing, so they set cabins afloat: Wolf River rafts are 'home' to some anglers," 20 June 2018 Don’t use water wings, noodles or inner tubes instead of life jackets. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "New report reveals danger of childhood drownings in open waters," 23 May 2018 Gear: Outfitters provide all gear for the trip; life jacket, wet suit if necessary (most trips do not need wet suits), helmet, paddle, shore lunch. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rafters launch stellar season for rivers, water sports," 13 May 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of life jacket

: something that is worn over your upper body like a jacket or vest and that is designed to save you from drowning by holding you up when you are in water

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Kids Definition of life jacket

: a life preserver in the form of a vest

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