life raft


Definition of 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 The Coast Guard searched more than 2,000 square miles over a 38-hour period, yet found nothing more than a debris field, diesel fuel odor, an emergency beacon and an empty life raft. CBS News, 7 Jan. 2022 From then on, beauty and wellness routines became my life raft. Nneka Joi, Glamour, 21 Oct. 2021 Don’t rock the life raft—this was another unspoken rule, learned from birth. Sarah Paley, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2021 After having difficulty stabilizing the left tackle position during training camp, the team signed 18-year veteran Jason Peters in August to be a life raft. Dan Wiederer,, 16 Nov. 2021 Leitner’s sweet mother represented an emotional life raft in a home perpetually on edge because of his hot-tempered, verbally abusive father. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Aug. 2021 But the capsule is equipped with survival gear, including a life raft, radios and homing beacons, to keep a crew safe until Coast Guard or other rescue teams arrive. William Harwood, CBS News, 13 Sep. 2021 For a brief moment during a mid-August practice, Fields’ playmaking prowess was undeniable, the kind of life raft the Bears offense just hasn’t had in forever. Lamond Pope,, 13 Aug. 2021 Maria Beasley invented the life raft, which was patented in 1882. Renee Morad, NBC News, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of life raft

1819, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2022

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“Life raft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of life raft

: a small rubber boat designed for saving the lives of people when a larger boat or ship sinks

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Kids Definition of life raft

: a small usually rubber boat for use by people forced into the water when a larger boat sinks


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