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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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 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 In images shortly after the sinking, rescued people sat in large rubber life rafts surrounded by churning seas. Vincent Thian, chicagotribune.com, "Search resumes for 23 missing tourists, mostly from China, after boat sinks in Thailand; 33 dead," 7 July 2018 About 100 people were evacuated from stores, two in an inflatable life raft carried by Engine 72, Fire Chief John Healy said. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Recent 48-inch water main breaks in Philadelphia," 3 July 2018 Steve Spurrier, who coached Tebow at the University of Florida, threw his old quarterback a potential life raft in April. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Tim Tebow has shown signs he's improving as a baseball player," 11 June 2018 Nathan Carman made it to a life raft and was rescued after eight days at sea. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Linda Carman's Middletown Home No Longer Empty, Her Estate Continues To Grow," 23 May 2018 Which was appropriate enough, since Patrick Melrose wraps himself in language, using words as a both a shield and a life raft. Joy Press, HWD, "Patrick Melrose: How Benedict Cumberbatch Climbed Inside His Favorite Antihero," 5 June 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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