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drownproofing

[droun-proo-fing] /ˈdraʊnˌpru fɪŋ/
noun
1.
a survival technique, for swimmers or nonswimmers, in which the body is allowed to float vertically in the water, with the head submerged, the lungs filled with air, and the arms and legs relaxed, the head being raised to breathe every ten seconds or so.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; drown + -proof + -ing1, modeled on waterproofing, etc.

drownproof

[droun-proof] /ˈdraʊnˌpruf/
verb (used with object)
1.
to teach (a person) the technique of drownproofing.
Origin
1975-80; back formation from drownproofing
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Examples for drownproofing
  • If you are unable to locate a ladder or line, use the drownproofing method to stay afloat.

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