What does the word lifeboat mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Stephen Leacock
  2. Jasper and his companion were still behind their lifeboat. – A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly by 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 by R.M. Ballantyne