Part of speech: noun

A boat made specially buoyant, for life- saving in case of shipwreck.

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Usage examples "lifeboat":

  1. So pretty soon they had the davits swung out over the side and were lowering the old lifeboat from the top deck into the water. - "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town", Stephen Leacock.
  2. Jasper and his companion were still behind their lifeboat. - "A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly", Henry James.
  3. She had seen occasional reference in newspapers and magazines to lifeboat work, and she had been thrilled by the record of noble deeds done by heroic seamen and coastguardsmen. - "Jeff Benson, or the Young Coastguardsman", R.M. Ballantyne.