lifesaving

lifesaver

[lahyf-sey-ver]
noun
1.
a person who rescues another from danger of death, especially from drowning.
2.
a person or thing that saves a person, as from a difficult situation or critical moment: That money was a lifesaver.
3.
Chiefly British. a lifeguard.

Origin:
1880–85; life + saver

lifesaving, adjective, noun
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lifesaving

any activity related to the saving of life in cases of drowning, shipwreck, and other accidents on or in the water and to the prevention of drowning in general.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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