Definition of lifeboat
: a sturdy buoyant boat (such as one carried by a ship) for use in an emergency and especially in saving lives at sea
Recent Examples of lifeboat from the Web
Lifeboats on the River Thames helped evacuate the area.
Lifeboats on the River Thames helped evacuate the area, which is popular with tourists.
There were not nearly enough lifeboats aboard to accommodate the 2,228 passengers and crew, although Titanic actually carried more boats than required for a ship of her tonnage.
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First Known Use of lifeboat
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Definition of lifeboat for English Language Learners
: a boat used for saving people's lives; especially : a small boat that is carried on a ship and that is used for saving the lives of the passengers and crew if the ship sinks
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Definition of lifeboat for Students
: a sturdy boat (as one carried by a ship) for use in an emergency
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