life raft

noun

Definition of life raft

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

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In addition, the FBI affidavit said Bennett almost immediately got into a life raft with luggage and other items — including a tea set and a jar of peanut butter — and took no actions to find his wife. Curt Anderson, miamiherald, "He said his wife vanished while they were sailing. Now he’s charged with killing her.," 20 Feb. 2018 Her ex-boyfriend asked how Nathan could have swum to his life raft while wearing his signature galoshes. James D. Walsh, Daily Intelligencer, "A Son Took His Mother Out Fishing. She Never Came Back.," 23 Jan. 2018 In images shortly after the sinking, rescued people sat in large rubber life rafts surrounded by churning seas. Vincent Thian, Fox News, "Search resumes for 23 missing tourists in Thai boat tragedy," 6 July 2018 In images shortly after the sinking, rescued people sat in large rubber life rafts surrounded by churning seas. Vincent Thian, Fox News, "Search resumes for 23 missing tourists in Thai boat tragedy," 6 July 2018 In images shortly after the sinking, rescued people sat in large rubber life rafts surrounded by churning seas. Washington Post, "Search resumes for 23 missing tourists in Thai boat tragedy," 6 July 2018 The latest in monthly subscriber services, Surprise Ride is a creative life raft of sorts for parents and children alike. Logan Sykes, Town & Country, "Surprise Ride: Mary Poppins' Bottomless Bag of the 21st Century," 19 Feb. 2015 In images shortly after the sinking, rescued people sat in large rubber life rafts surrounded by churning seas. Washington Post, "Search resumes for 23 missing tourists in Thai boat tragedy," 6 July 2018 Nathan Carman was rescued on a life raft a week after his boat sank, but his mother hasn’t been found. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Nathan Carman’s lawyer resists efforts to grill client about grandfather’s slaying," 8 May 2018

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1819, in the meaning defined above

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life raft

noun

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

life raft

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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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