lifesaving

adjective
life·​sav·​ing | \ˈlīf-ˌsā-viŋ \

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

It could be caused simply by the lifesaving efforts of firemen hosing a flaming building. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 1991 Firestorm That Changed Everything We Thought We Knew About Arson," 8 Nov. 2018 But if lifesaving expertise is inconvenient for the fossil fuel industry, the Trump administration won’t hesitate to throw it out the window. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, "Trump officials faulted climate panel for having only ‘one member from industry’," 15 May 2018 For saving the 1-year-old boy from choking to death, Hartford police honored Kidik with the department’s lifesaving award. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Injured Hartford Officer Jill Kidik Is Decorated Veteran Of The Force," 18 May 2018 Many patients turn down the potentially lifesaving treatment, fearing that the cure is at least as bad as the disease. Ron Winslow, WSJ, "New Promise for Bone-Marrow Transplants," 28 May 2018 Robert Parsons rushed to equip his fellow officers with a lifesaving tool: the opioid antidote naloxone. Max Blau, STAT, "Donations of $4,500 overdose antidote were PR gold for drug maker — but some kits were close to expiring," 18 June 2018 Kennedy was one of more than two dozen officers to receive recognition that included other lifesaving awards, unit commendations and chief’s achievements. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Glastonbury Police Recognized For Excellence, Heroism On The Job," 30 May 2018 Pedestrians are not seeing the benefits of the lifesaving safety improvements that have helped reduce total traffic fatalities. Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot," 28 June 2018 Though Landen did not die immediately, the injury was untreatable and therefore no lifesaving medical intervention was withheld, it was argued. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Lawyer: Man charged in son's death apparently took his own life on Father's Day," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 While some moms and dads are in awe of the 'lifesaving' abilities of the soother, others are chiding Babocush for promoting the demise of the parent-baby bond. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "This New Rocking Baby Seat Is Sparking Major Backlash Among Parents," 5 Feb. 2016 That gap was bridged by the help of other refugees, and specifically refugee children who helped to translate the foreign languages to help officers and paramedics provide the best lifesaving care possible. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "A week after stabbings, his city gives Boise's police chief hope 'to create good out of horror'," 7 July 2018 Committee members agreed the district should develop training information for parents in multiple languages and train all staff on basic lifesaving techniques every two years. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Creek ISD security panel opts against metal detectors, armed teachers," 12 July 2018 Since the Narcan Distribution Collaborative started last fall, Hamilton County has gotten 375 percent more kits of the lifesaving medication out into the public’s hands. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Huge Narcan influx, treatment boost contributes to OD death drop in Hamilton County," 14 June 2018 Emergency Medical Services were notified immediately, according to OPSO, but lifesaving procedures were not successful. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Woman going through alcohol, opioid withdrawal dies in New Orleans jail," 28 May 2018 Fans have reportedly raised more than $11,000 for the Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to providing outreach, counseling, and other lifesaving services for LGBTQ+ youth. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""Shadowhunters" Fans Raise $11,000 for the Trevor Project After Freeform Cancels Show," 20 June 2018 Presented by Meta Modern Health and co-chaired by Alison Victoria, Paige Krueger, Stephanie Mariduena, Nikki Mazza and Mitchell Staloch, the event raised nearly $190,000 to support the nonprofit's lifesaving programs for homeless dogs and cats. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "PAWS party funds programs for homeless animals, honors top supporters," 27 Mar. 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 \

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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