life jacket


Definition of life jacket

: a life preserver in the form of a buoyant vest

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Personal items were strewn everywhere — a baby blanket, a life jacket, mattresses, lawn mowers, a fridge, a kitchen sink lying on the grass and even a love seat wrapped around a telephone pole. Fox News, "Canada's capital reeling after tornado hammers communities," 22 Sep. 2018 All three passengers were wearing life jackets, and none were injured. Alyssa Meyers,, "Boston Sailing Center boat rescued from harbor," 28 June 2018 Most of the people involved in accidents in the last five years also were not wearing life jackets, said Candy Thomson, a spokeswoman for the natural resources police. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Baltimore County police teach water safety as boating season starts," 2 June 2018 The federal lawsuit says the boat operators violated the company’s policies by continuing with the ride despite the weather warnings and by not telling passengers to put on life jackets when the water got rough. Margaret Stafford, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit filed in fatal duck boat sinking seeks $100 million," 31 July 2018 Investors going bottom fishing should have a life jacket at hand. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Oil’s Rise Puts Asia on a Slippery Slope," 27 Sep. 2018 On this day, the flight crew kept a plane full of passengers calm, made them don their life jackets, and helped the women and children off first. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 One of them says that the captain told passengers not to bother grabbing their life jackets. Fox News, "Conway: Media outrage over Helsinki completely over-the-top," 21 July 2018 During a boating excursion on Lake Anna, Va., in May 2008, Mr. Nelson received tickets for failing to have enough life jackets on his 18-foot Bayliner recreational boat and for failing to register his boat, court records show. Alexa Corse, WSJ, "Swift Justice: New Appellate Judge Courts Trouble With Traffic Cops," 19 Oct. 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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