lifesaving

1 of 2

adjective

life·​sav·​ing ˈlīf-ˌsā-viŋ How to pronounce lifesaving (audio)
: designed for or used in saving lives
lifesaving drugs

lifesaving

2 of 2

noun

: 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
Simulations are used to discover new lifesaving drugs, to model the future of climate change and to explore the behavior of colliding galaxies — as well as the physics of hypersonic missiles and nuclear explosions. Alex W. Palmer, New York Times, 12 July 2023 Some rabbis, evangelical church leaders and imams have also worked to debunk misinformation about vaccines and endorse them as safe and lifesaving. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021
Noun
In my opinion, people who frequent pools and beaches, no matter how old, have an ethical obligation to learn basic lifesaving skills, including calling 911 and water rescue. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 7 June 2024 No one called 911 for medical assistance or performed lifesaving measures, authorities said. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 5 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for lifesaving 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lifesaving was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Lifesaving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lifesaving. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

lifesaving

1 of 2 adjective
life·​sav·​ing ˈlīf-ˌsā-viŋ How to pronounce lifesaving (audio)
: designed for or used in saving lives
livesaving devices

lifesaving

2 of 2 noun
: the methods that can be used to save lives especially of drowning persons

Medical Definition

lifesaving

1 of 2 adjective
life·​sav·​ing ˈlīf-ˌsā-viŋ How to pronounce lifesaving (audio)
: designed for or used in saving lives
lifesaving drugs

lifesaving

2 of 2 noun
: the skill or practice of saving or protecting the lives especially of drowning persons

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