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

Specifically, Thursday’s letter urged the Senate to pass a bill requiring background checks on all gun sales plus a strong Red Flag law that would allow courts to issue lifesaving extreme risk protection orders. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "145 business leaders implore Senate to act on gun violence, saying doing nothing is ‘simply unacceptable’," 12 Sep. 2019 Around 70,000 people are in need of lifesaving aid on the affected islands, said the top relief official for the United Nations, Mark Lowcock, speaking to reporters by phone from the Bahamas. New York Times, "Bahamas Stunned as Hurricane Recedes: ‘It’s Like a Bomb Went Off’," 3 Sep. 2019 After a series of smaller competitions, the team has its sights set on striking gold, silver or bronze for the granddaddy of lifesaving events: the United States Lifesaving Association national championships. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Pompano Junior Lifeguards saving best competition for last," 24 July 2019 Police in California are hailing the lifesaving actions of an officer who rescued a driver from a burning car. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "'We got to go!': Dramatic video shows California officer rescue driver from fiery crash," 23 July 2019 Specifically, Thursday's letter urged the Senate to pass a bill requiring background checks on all gun sales plus a strong Red Flag law that would allow courts to issue lifesaving extreme risk protection orders. Rachel Siegel, Anchorage Daily News, "145 business leaders implore US Senate to act on gun violence," 12 Sep. 2019 After a young boy underwent a lifesaving heart operation in May, his proud father got a tattoo of the inches-long surgery scar on his own chest, according to SWNS. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Dad Gets Tattoo to Match Son's Life-Saving Heart Surgery Scar: 'He Should Be Proud'," 21 June 2019 Before his arrest, Shkreli was best known for buying the rights to a lifesaving drug at another company in 2014 and raising the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Washington Post, "Ex-drug company CEO Martin Shkreli sues former investor," 6 Sep. 2019 The most recent signature on Tibbetts’ door belongs to Michael Laufer, the public face of the Four Thieves Vinegar Collective, a controversial group of anarcho-biohackers that wants to open-source the production of lifesaving pharmaceuticals. Wired, "This DIY Implant Lets You Stream Movies From Inside Your Leg," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And the psychological benefits of food join a host of positive physical effects: the potential lifesaving properties of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins in fighting chronic diseases. Michelle Stacey, Allure, "The "Food as Medicine" Doctrine Hurts More Than It Helps," 8 Aug. 2019 But Republicans offer plans that will reduce lifesaving coverage and shift more costs onto sick patients. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: What are Republicans afraid of?," 6 Aug. 2019 The seasonal conditions of mossing also paved the way for a new occupation: lifesaving. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "The Most Irish Town in America Was Built on Seaweed," 23 July 2019 San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison issued a statement thanking the agents, as well as the Sheriff’s Department and Customs and Border Protection personnel, for the lifesaving efforts. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "7 unauthorized migrants rescued near Otay Mountain over the past week by Border Patrol agents," 2 July 2019 In one case, the infant had anomalies incompatible with life and no lifesaving measures were taken. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Abortions in Minnesota decreased last year, according to new state report," 1 July 2019 Annual outdoor family/pet friendly festival put on Friends of the Shelter (FOTS) to raise awareness about pet lifesaving activities,connect attendees with local businesses and nonprofit groups, and raise funds for FOTS programs. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 24-30," 24 June 2019 If the money moved on Giving Tuesday all went to effective lifesaving causes, last year’s fundraising would have saved 50,000 lives — not bad for a day’s work. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Giving Tuesday, explained," 27 Nov. 2018 The law also allowed for pharmacies to sell naloxene without a prescription, which can give friends and family who have the antidote on hand a lifesaving tool while emergency medical services are on their way. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "Training on opioid antidote expanding in S.A.," 31 May 2018

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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

adjective

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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