life·​boat ˈlīf-ˌbōt How to pronounce lifeboat (audio)
: 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 Help finally arrived in the form of an orange lifeboat and a pole. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 So many people would have perished if those changes weren’t put into place, lifeboats and bulkheads and things like that. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 27 Mar. 2024 Several people escaped in the lifeboat and another steamship, the City of New York, responded to the distress call and worked with the Hickox to keep the Milwaukee afloat to no avail. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 26 Mar. 2024 Repairs have included more than $3 million for rust and hull repairs, and $3.35 million for bulkhead repairs and removing lifeboats. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Much of the vessel was covered in ice, and crew members struggled to release the lifeboats into the frigid waters. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 Was there a sales process for lifeboats on the Titanic? Emily Mason, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 That footage showed Norman Reedus' Daryl shipwrecked, floating unconscious on top of an overturned lifeboat. Dalton Ross,, 26 June 2023 Two weeks after the accident, nine of the ten crew members turned up alive, sharing a harrowing story of their survival at sea on an inflatable lifeboat. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lifeboat was in 1797

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“Lifeboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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life·​boat -ˌbōt How to pronounce lifeboat (audio)
: a sturdy boat (as one carried by a ship) for use in an emergency and especially for saving lives at sea
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