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
Recent Examples of lifeboat from the Web
A study from Environmental Science and Technology found that microplastics act something like a lifeboat for bacteria.
Lifeboats on the River Thames helped evacuate the area.
Lifeboats on the River Thames helped evacuate the area, which is popular with tourists.
Either his job as head of the Trump transition team was largely an honorary position, like riding the pace car at Indy, or The Choirboy is sprinting for the lifeboat, trailing a slipstream of mendacity behind him.
The ship is then repositioned to return to the point of the incident, while a lifeboat is readied.
The body was transferred to shore by a 47-foot motor lifeboat from the Golden Gate Coast Guard Station.
Poorly equipped, and dragging lifeboats filled with tons of gear and supplies, much of which proved useless, the hundred or so remaining men first walked east across the frozen sea, then south along the coast of King William Island.
Andrews had argued for the ship having more lifeboats and for other safety measures, writes William Henry Flayhart III for Scientific American.
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First Known Use of lifeboat
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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
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Definition of lifeboat for Students
: a sturdy boat (as one carried by a ship) for use in an emergency
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