lifeline

noun life·line \ ˈlīf-ˌlīn \
Updated on: 18 Feb 2018

Definition of lifeline

1 : a line (such as a rope) used for saving or preserving life: such as
a : a line along the outer edge of the deck of a boat or ship
b : a line used to keep contact with a person (such as a diver or astronaut) in a dangerous or potentially dangerous situation
2 : something regarded as indispensable for the maintaining or protection of life

Examples of lifeline in a Sentence

  1. The river is the town's lifeline.

  2. The new jobs were an economic lifeline for a city in need of help.

  3. The radio was their lifeline to the outside world.

  4. They threw a lifeline to the man overboard.

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First Known Use of lifeline

1700


LIFELINE Defined for English Language Learners

lifeline

noun

Definition of lifeline for English Language Learners

  • : something which provides help or support that is needed for success or survival

  • : a rope used for saving the life of someone (such as someone who has fallen into water)



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