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  1. 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.
  2. 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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Related Words for lifeboat

reprieve, mercy, remission, clemency, amnesty, absolution, allowance, discharge, pardon, deferment, postponement, abatement, respite, suspension, truce, dinghy, canoe, sailboat, yacht, craft

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British Dictionary definitions for lifeboat


  1. a boat, propelled by oars or a motor, used for rescuing people at sea, escaping from a sinking ship, etc
  2. 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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