lifeboat

noun life·boat \ ˈlīf-ˌbōt \
|Updated on: 28 Jul 2018

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

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First Known Use of lifeboat

1797

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LIFEBOAT Defined for English Language Learners

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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


LIFEBOAT Defined for Kids

lifeboat

noun life·boat \ ˈlīf-ˌbōt \

Definition of lifeboat for Students

: a sturdy boat (as one carried by a ship) for use in an emergency


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