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life jacket

a sleeveless jacket of buoyant or inflatable construction, for supporting the wearer in deep water and preventing drowning.
Also called life vest; British, air jacket.
Origin of life jacket
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Slipping into my life-jacket, I groped my way to my station on deck.

    War in the Garden of Eden Kermit Roosevelt
  • The boat was shoved back, the life-jacket was transferred to Guy, and the boatman was put ashore.

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • From early morning, the passengers are astir—each one entrammelled in a life-jacket that reminds them continually of danger.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for life-jacket

life jacket

an inflatable sleeveless jacket worn to keep a person afloat when in danger of drowning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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