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life raft

a raft, often inflatable, for use in emergencies, as when a ship must be abandoned or when a plane is downed at sea.
Origin of life raft
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had been shot down over the Mediterranean Sea and had floated for several days in his life raft near the coast of Italy.

  • We paddled to the whaleboat and embarked from the life raft.

  • Thus he was rapidly accumulating the material for a life raft.

    The Mucker Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • I'd have shared my life raft with any poor devil the same as I did with you.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • The little yawl chugged away cheerfully and drew the life raft out of the channel.

British Dictionary definitions for life raft

life raft

a raft for emergency use at sea
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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