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life belt

a beltlike life preserver.
Origin of life belt
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He had the life-belt almost on, but he was not quick enough to finish.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • He knelt down by Tartlet; he unloosed the life-belt and rubbed him vigorously.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • The life-belt has since 1898 been considerably improved, being now less cumbersome than formerly, and more comfortable.

  • Suppose you had on a life-belt, what could you do in such a sea?

    Fire Island G. Manville Fenn
  • Dave quickly and deftly fastened Mrs. Launce's life-belt about her, then performed a similar office for her husband.

  • Perhaps I may say that in every difficulty, patience is a life-belt.

  • Every man who was able to, reached the deck with life-belt on, and the nurses and doctors flew to the rescue of those below.

  • "That negro was going to kill you and steal your life-belt," the second man replied.

  • He caught the side of the life-belt she wore and swam out, drawing her in the direction of the island.

    Love's Usuries Louis Creswicke
  • Everybody picked up had been in a life-belt and there were no bullet holes in any.

British Dictionary definitions for life-belt

life belt

a ring filled with buoyant material or air, used to keep a person afloat when in danger of drowning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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