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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. 2016.
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  • Two cigar-shaped steel air-cylinders with a thin connecting deck was the life-raft.

    Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
  • Jan groped his way to where the life-raft was lashed to the deck.

    Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
  • "I thought they were saved on a life-raft," said old Colbert, dryly.

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
  • "A fisherman and I helped save him from a life-raft," and he told the circumstances.

    Larry Dexter's Great Search Howard R. Garis
  • His involuntary cry was caused by the sudden collision of the life-raft with a cloud.

    The Legion of Lazarus Edmond Hamilton
  • Winthrop had given her a formula, and formulas are sometimes as valuable as a life-raft.

    East Angels Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • The life-raft was a big affair that Rectus and I had often examined.

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
  • Me and Joe here shifted for ourselves, and got aboard a life-raft that we slid down the sloping deck.

    Tom Fairfield at Sea Allen Chapman
  • Russ pointed to a long lifeboat covered with canvas which lay some distance from the life-raft.

  • The lanterns shed a flickering light here, and the youth uttered a cry of joy as his eyes fell on the life-raft.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily
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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