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  • life preserver — life′ preserv er n. 1) naut. mil navig. a buoyant jacket, belt, or other like device for keeping a person afloat 2) brit. Brit. Slang. a blackjack • Etymology: 1630–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • life jacket — ► NOUN ▪ a sleeveless buoyant or inflatable jacket for keeping a person afloat in water …   English terms dictionary

  • life preserver — n. 1. a buoyant device for saving a person from drowning by keeping the body afloat, as a ring or sleeveless jacket of canvas covered cork or kapok 2. Chiefly Brit. BLACKJACK (sense 3) …   English World dictionary

  • life — n. (pl. lives) 1 the condition which distinguishes active animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, functional activity, and continual change preceding death. 2 a living things and their activity (insect life;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • life buoy — noun a life preserver in the form of a ring of buoyant material • Syn: ↑lifesaver, ↑life belt, ↑life ring • Hypernyms: ↑life preserver, ↑preserver, ↑flotation device • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • life-buoy — noun torus shaped object of density low enough to keep a person, which usually slips his head, shoulders, and arms through it, afloat. Often coloured white and bright red to be seen from great distance and in adverse weather or light conditions.… …   Wiktionary

  • life preserver — noun A buoyant ring or vest intended to keep a person afloat. Syn: life buoy …   Wiktionary

  • life jacket — vest that is made of buoyant material to keep a person afloat in water, life vest …   English contemporary dictionary

  • life vest — vest that is made of buoyant material to keep a person afloat in water, life jacket …   English contemporary dictionary

  • life jacket — /ˈlaɪf dʒækət / (say luyf jakuht) noun an inflatable or buoyant sleeveless jacket for keeping a person afloat in water. Also, lifejacket, life vest …   Australian-English dictionary

  • life preserver — 1. a buoyant jacket, belt, or other like device for keeping a person afloat. 2. Brit. Slang. a weapon, esp. a short stick with a weighted head; blackjack. [1630 40] * * * …   Universalium

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