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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Scenic designer Kuo-Hao Lo creates the two-storied ship that has many cabin doors on the lower level and more on the top level, as well as life preservers and railings in a white-and-red color scheme. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "On Stage: Acting performances standout in ‘Anything Goes’," 12 Sep. 2019 But, to anyone harboring an unrequited crush, these early episodes where each finds out about the other's romantic feelings can be a life preserver. Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "The 25 most relatable 'Friends' episodes as the show turns 25," 16 Aug. 2019 His wife, Rabab Diab, could not swim but survived when a nearby fisherman threw her a life preserver. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "California man who drove his wife and 2 autistic sons off a pier is charged with murder," 19 July 2019 His domestic partner, Rabab Diab, could not swim but survived when a nearby fisherman threw her a life preserver. Susan Scutti, CNN, "California man who drove autistic sons and wife off pier charged with murder," 18 July 2019 Firefighters were able to get the boy a life preserver and use a pair of rope lines to pull him from the strong current in the culvert on the north side of the park at about 7:30 p.m. The rain didn’t do much to cool things off. Christine Dempsey,, "Weather service warns of excessive heat Saturday, temps to feel like 107," 18 July 2019 The team made connections, left contact information and will go back, again and again and again, until someone reaches for the life preserver. Steve Lopez,, "Meth addiction is an epidemic, and it’s complicating the homeless relief effort," 29 June 2019 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

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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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