lifeboat

noun
life·boat | \ˈlīf-ˌbōt \

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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In the darkness and high seas, several other lifeboats and rafts drifted away toward the Mull of Oa, the rugged, southern shore of Islay, where 600-foot cliffs and offshore jagged rocks and boulders created especially treacherous breakers. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian, "A Hundred-Year-Old Handmade American Flag Flies Home… to Scotland," 30 Apr. 2018 The Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot motor lifeboat from the Barnegat Light Station and sent an urgent message to ships at sea to be on the lookout for the rowboat. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Coast Guard rescues would-be trans-Atlantic rower off New Jersey coast," 5 June 2018 Some people made it out on lifeboats, but about 45 died, Trotter said. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "8 undiscovered shipwrecks of the Great Lakes," 22 June 2018 To save money in the 1960s, the towers had been built with too few exit stairs, just as the Titanic was sent out with too few lifeboats. New York Times, "The Last 9/11 Fire Chief Bows Out," 10 July 2018 Three photos and a handwritten note detailing the grisly discovery of Titanic’s last lifeboat were sold for $6,800. James Rogers, Fox News, "Rare Titanic rescue letters surface," 19 Apr. 2018 Early Monday, the lifeboat crew found the Sleipnir and rescued Hutchinson, the Coast Guard said. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Coast Guard rescues would-be trans-Atlantic rower off New Jersey coast," 5 June 2018 About 700 passengers survived and were plucked from their lifeboats by the RMS Carpathia the next morning. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Why you’ve never heard of the six Chinese men who survived the Titanic," 19 Apr. 2018 Yet Wise also launches catchy refrains like lifeboats in a roiling lake, and the third act of many of these songs feels like the solving of a problem, with the grooves and harmonies smoothing out, opening up. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "serpentwithfeet’s Songs of Supernatural Intimacy," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of lifeboat

1797, in the meaning defined above

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lifeboat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lifeboat

: 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

noun
life·boat | \ˈlīf-ˌbōt \

Kids Definition of lifeboat

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

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