- a raft, often inflatable, for use in emergencies, as when a ship must be abandoned or when a plane is downed at sea.
Origin of life raft
First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for life raft
The life-raft was a big affair that Rectus and I had often examined.
"I thought they were saved on a life-raft," said old Colbert, dryly.
Jan groped his way to where the life-raft was lashed to the deck.Wide Courses
James Brendan Connolly
"A fisherman and I helped save him from a life-raft," and he told the circumstances.Larry Dexter's Great Search
Howard R. Garis
His involuntary cry was caused by the sudden collision of the life-raft with a cloud.The Legion of Lazarus
- a raft for emergency use at sea
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