life·​boat | \ ˈlīf-ˌbōt How to pronounce lifeboat (audio) \

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

Examples of lifeboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Right now, everyone involved is just scrambling for the last lifeboat off the Titanic. Globe Staff,, 5 July 2022 Providing employees with a lifeboat to a new career is good for your bottom line, too. Darren Kimball, Forbes, 21 June 2022 She was finally cajoled into boarding the second-to-last lifeboat, only to clamber out again as Isidor, 67, stepped away. People Staff,, 15 Apr. 2022 The first lifeboat is launched with 28 people on board out of a capacity of 65. April 15, 1912, 2:20 a.m. - The Titanic sinks in less than three hours. CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 Then a lifeboat arrives with one of the crew, Abigail (Dolly De Leon). Peter Debruge, Variety, 21 May 2022 The visible leaks and single lifeboat were enough reason, but the engine was also falling apart in addition to other severe, if less obvious damage. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 The Splendid skirts and button-downs became my forgiving, if unflattering, lifeboat. Vogue, 4 May 2022 Jacob Astor made sure his wife Madeline made it into a lifeboat and kissed her goodbye before the boat was lowered. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lifeboat

1797, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2022

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“Lifeboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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life·​boat | \ ˈlīf-ˌbōt How to pronounce lifeboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of lifeboat

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


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