life preserver


Definition of life preserver

1 : a device (such as a life jacket or life buoy) designed to save a person from drowning by providing buoyancy in water
2 chiefly British : blackjack sense 2

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Raft rentals, which include paddles, life preservers and helmets, are available from Shotgun Eddy (715-882-4461, Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 places to go whitewater rafting in Wisconsin," 14 June 2018 That’s me in the waves holding onto a surfboard like a life preserver. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Microsoft is more valuable than Apple again. Why?," 30 Nov. 2018 The fixes were black rings that loop around the animals’ midsections like life preservers and are made of neoprene, which provides buoyancy, is soft on a sea dragon and can withstand saltwater. Karin Brulliard, The Seattle Times, "To save fish that can’t swim, veterinarian made them tiny floaties," 4 Sep. 2018 None of the passengers was wearing a life preserver, according to an incident report filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Family of Duck Boat Victims Sues Tour Operator," 30 July 2018 Passengers from a nearby boat then noticed her, threw her life preservers and jumped in to help her. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Duck Boat Tragedy Survivor Recounts Her Horrifying Experience: 'I Thought I Was Dead'," 23 July 2018 His life preserver failed to inflate and his bulletproof armor tugged him under water to his death. Carl Prine,, "Back in San Diego, Wingman Foundation aids families of killed crews," 2 May 2018 The county provides life preservers for free at several borrowing stations along the American River. Claire Morgan And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Unconscious 14-year-old girl pulled out of American River, officials say," 18 June 2018 What appears to be a life preserver comes to Frank in the form of a song he and Sam have recorded. Rick Bentley, kansascity, "‘Hearts Beat Loud’ delivers a resounding message of love," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of life preserver

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of life preserver

chiefly US : a floating device that is designed to save you from drowning

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Kids Definition of life preserver

: a device (as a life jacket or life buoy) designed to save a person from drowning by keeping the person afloat

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an act or instance of returning to life

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