Definition of lifeboat in English:
1A specially constructed boat launched from land to rescue people in distress at sea.
- On Sunday the lifeboat rescued a yacht which had run aground off Heir Island.
- Both Whitby's lifeboats had to be launched to rescue five canoeists who put out to sea in a force nine gale on Saturday.
- The lifeboat was launched after Fife coastguards received a distress call from the grounded vessel.
1.1A small boat kept on a ship for use in emergency, typically one of a number on deck or suspended from davits.
- Despite removing four lifeboats from the deck, owners believe that the ship can still be towed from the port, possibly to Belfast for dismantling.
- He apparently believes that if there are not enough lifeboats on a sinking ship, everyone should stand on deck and go down together.
- We found a lifeboat suspended 10 feet above the deck and bedded down under a tarpaulin.
- Example sentences
- A dog who plunged 40 feet down a cliff on to a beach between Tenby and Saundersfoot is making a good recovery after a rescue mission involving coastguards, lifeboatmen and a vet.
- The main thing now is that 90 per cent of all lifeboatmen are not seamen traditionally and we are having to train people from the very start.
- And while the Bridlington lifeboatmen were at church, the Filey lifeboat had launched in case there was a call-out.
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪfbəʊtman/ /ˈlʌɪfbəʊtm(ə)n/noun (plural lifeboatmen)
Words that rhyme with lifeboaticeboat • longboat
Definition of lifeboat in:
- US English dictionary
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