lifesaving

adjective
life·​sav·​ing | \ ˈlīf-ˌsā-viŋ How to pronounce lifesaving (audio) \

Definition of lifesaving

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: designed for or used in saving lives lifesaving drugs

lifesaving

noun

Definition of lifesaving (Entry 2 of 2)

: the skill or practice of saving or protecting the lives especially of drowning persons

Examples of lifesaving in a Sentence

Noun All lifeguards are trained in lifesaving.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As more public health officials have recommended face coverings, shortages in vital protective gear have turned ordinary citizens, fashion designers, and luxury brands into lifesaving mask-makers. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Face masks unleash creativity: ‘You can be part of the bigger story’," 3 June 2020 Recent reporting by The Times reveals that the United States has only about 160,000 ventilators available — far fewer than what is needed to provide lifesaving treatments in the most critical cases. New York Times, "D.I.Y. Coronavirus Solutions Are Gaining Steam," 31 Mar. 2020 The order comes in response to a federal lawsuit filed in late March by two elderly Texas inmates who argued they were denied access to potentially lifesaving tools to combat the pandemic. Dave Boucher, Dallas News, "Supreme Court won’t intervene in Texas inmate coronavirus lawsuit," 15 May 2020 Trump last month invoked the Defense Production Act to compel U.S. companies to make the lifesaving equipment, which is running in short supply in hot spots across the country. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "China blocked exports of medical safety equipment as coronavirus spread: Report," 6 Apr. 2020 The group started by providing people with Narcan, a lifesaving medication that can treat narcotic overdoses in emergency situations. NBC News, "Grassroots groups help LGBTQ people survive — and thrive — in Appalachia," 6 Mar. 2020 Using this crude formula to produce her ashy, greasy water, Nini would have made the most lifesaving medical product ever developed by humankind. Cody Cassidy, Time, "Who Discovered Soap? What to Know About the Origins of the Life-Saving Substance," 5 May 2020 The city’s lease for the training station, where firefighters practice lifesaving skills, ends in 2024. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF voters to weigh in on $600 million bond to rebound from earthquakes, battle fires," 23 Feb. 2020 Video shows officers pulling Pimentel from the truck and performing lifesaving measures, but Pimentel died of his injuries after being transported to a hospital. Kayla Epstein, Washington Post, "A California cop shot and killed a fleeing teen. It was his second fatal shooting in less than a year.," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The aircraft include onboard oxygen and the same lifesaving equipment found in hospital emergency rooms. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "US military flew terminally ill Bahrain premier to America," 12 Nov. 2020 Out of plague and disaster—more patients than ventilators—emerged a new lifesaving tactic, predicated on applied science and engineering, practiced in real time. Bradley M. Wertheim, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a Polio Outbreak in Copenhagen Led to the Invention of the Ventilator," 10 June 2020 The study also hypothesizes that the demand on hospitals and health care providers coupled with fear about the virus might have led to delays in people seeking lifesaving care and resulted in additional deaths. NBC News, "Official toll of New York City coronavirus dead may be missing more than 5,000 deaths, says study," 12 May 2020 When choosing such a critical piece of lifesaving (and fun) equipment, make sure to match the product with your child’s age, size, and swimming habits. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Ways to Keep Young Swimmers Afloat," 8 May 2020 In a matter of 72 hours, starting Friday, the president chided GM for dragging its feet in getting lifesaving ventilators to the front lines in the battle against coronavirus. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "President Trump's shots at GM have left company insiders deeply troubled," 1 Apr. 2020 But even under the best possible circumstances, manufacturing enough of the lifesaving machines for American needs will be a matter of months, not weeks, experts warn. Fortune, "The U.S. needs more ventilators. Why can’t it make them in time?," 25 Mar. 2020 At an extreme, aggressive hacking against targets developing vaccines or other lifesaving treatments could be interpreted as crossing an invisible line—and could warrant some sort of retaliation. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The US Says Chinese Hackers Went Too Far During the Covid-19 Crisis," 14 May 2020 But getting even a few of the lifesaving machines has proved a huge challenge as hospitals around the world jockey for the scarce supply. K Oanh Ha, Bloomberg.com, "Startups Are 3D-Printing Scarce Ventilator and Virus Test Kit Parts," 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of lifesaving

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Lifesaving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lifesaving. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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lifesaving

adjective
How to pronounce lifesaving (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lifesaving

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: designed for or used in saving people's lives

lifesaving

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lifesaving (Entry 2 of 2)

: the skills needed to save the lives of people who are drowning

lifesaving

adjective
life·​sav·​ing | \ ˈlīf-ˌsā-viŋ How to pronounce lifesaving (audio) \

Medical Definition of lifesaving

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: designed for or used in saving lives lifesaving drugs

lifesaving

noun

Medical Definition of lifesaving (Entry 2 of 2)

: the skill or practice of saving or protecting the lives especially of drowning persons

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