lifeboat

[ lahyf-boht ]
/ ˈlaɪfˌboʊt /

noun

a double-ended ship's boat, constructed, mounted, and provisioned so as to be readily able to rescue and maintain persons from a sinking vessel.
a similarly constructed boat used by shore-based rescue services.

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Origin of lifeboat

First recorded in 1795–1805; life + boat
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British Dictionary definitions for life-boat

lifeboat
/ (ˈlaɪfˌbəʊt) /

noun

a boat, propelled by oars or a motor, used for rescuing people at sea, escaping from a sinking ship, etc
informal a fund set up by the dealers in a market to rescue any member who may become insolvent as a result of a collapse in market prices
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