lifeboat

noun
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 That’s too bad because the characters are facing another existential conundrum: the lifeboat dilemma. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2021 That’s no worse a form of tyranny than rationing water on a lifeboat. Sebastian Junger, WSJ, 13 May 2021 Like survivors in a lifeboat before any rescue is sighted, would each familiar venue have a different reaction to the possibility of doom? Ben Eisendrath, Washington Post, 4 May 2021 Two different times in September 2019, Aisha radioed distress alerts, claiming the ship was no longer supporting life, and then took a lifeboat to shore hoping to cut through the bureaucratic red tape. Natalie Musumeci, Fox News, 1 May 2021 After getting his friends to a lifeboat, he was last seen going back inside the ship. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 25 Apr. 2021 That’s too bad because the characters are facing another existential conundrum: the lifeboat dilemma. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2021 That’s too bad because the characters are facing another existential conundrum: the lifeboat dilemma. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2021 Jay Farner’s organization may have a Rocket in its name, but this past year, Rocket Companies (No. 5) helped build an ark—a room-for-everyone lifeboat that helped the entire city of Detroit navigate COVID. Michael Bush, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of lifeboat

1797, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lifeboat was in 1797

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27 May 2021

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“Lifeboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lifeboat. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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