life raft


: a raft usually made of wood or an inflatable material and designed for use by people forced into the water

Examples of life raft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This agreement should also reflect an understanding that studios are as threatened by the voracious appetites of Big Tech as the artists, that the unions and the AMPTP are sitting on opposite sides of the same life raft. WIRED, 28 Sep. 2023 Read full article DiMeo said the couple, experienced boaters from Florida who live fulltime on the boat, quickly gathered their personal belongings and anchored before getting in a life raft with their pet. Travis Andersen,, 2 Aug. 2023 Hope for his survival largely hinges on him being on a life raft. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 28 July 2023 Finally, at about 12:45 a.m., a Coast Guard helicopter found the missing divers and launched a life raft. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 16 Aug. 2023 The crew of the Mayan Queen lowered its life raft with three of its own crew, and followed the cries for help, pulling 15 men onboard, the captain said. Matina Stevis-Gridneff, New York Times, 21 June 2023 Since then, authorities searched the area for signs of Lawson but have not found him or his life raft, according to Tori Lawson. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 16 Aug. 2023 Its only life raft during the pandemic was its Disney+ service, which rapidly added subscribers as people were locked down at home. Allison Morrow, CNN, 9 Aug. 2023 The seven passengers were already transferred to a life raft and examined for injuries before being taken back to shore. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of life raft was in 1819

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“Life raft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

life raft

: a raft designed for use by people forced into the water
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