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

Examples of life preserver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Customers can put their cat up in the Weekend in Purris room, with its Eiffel Tower mural, or Nicatgra Falls, which has a barrel and a life preserver. Gwynn Guilford, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Inside, sculptor Bill Ming positioned a life preserver, hourglass, oar, navigational dividers and ship’s log. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Lagging well-behind rivals in the race to build electric cars, Honda may have now found a life preserver in Sony. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2022 Tweets from passengers show a life preserver with a flare attached went ignored in the water. al, 17 Feb. 2022 But artificial intelligence is now starting to slowly but surely deflate the economic life preserver that coding was supposed to represent. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2022 The Ravens envisioned the former first-round pick as a possession receiver, a potential outside-the-numbers life preserver for Jackson. Daniel Oyefusi,, 6 Aug. 2021 The pill is a life preserver that doctors can throw to the 1,000-plus Americans drowning each day. Marty Makary, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 But all a life preserver does is help wearers stay afloat. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 4 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of life preserver

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Life preserver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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: 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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