life preserver

life preserver
noun Date: 1804 1. a device (as a life jacket or life buoy) designed to save a person from drowning by providing buoyancy in water 2. chiefly British blackjack 3

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  • Life-preserver — Life pre*serv er (l[imac]f pr[ e]*z[ e]rv [ e]r), n. An apparatus, made in very various forms, and of various materials, for saving one from drowning by buoying up the body while in the water. {Life pre*serv ing}, a. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • life preserver — life preservers N COUNT A life preserver is something such as a life jacket, which helps you to float when you have fallen into deep water. [AM] …   English dictionary

  • Life preserver — most frequently refers to a personal flotation device.It also may refer to a form of club …   Wikipedia

  • Life-preserver — (engl., spr. laif prisörwer, »Lebensschützer«), Stock mit Bleiknopf oder ähnlicher Beschwerung, Totschläger …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • life preserver — n. 1. a buoyant device for saving a person from drowning by keeping the body afloat, as a ring or sleeveless jacket of canvas covered cork or kapok 2. Chiefly Brit. BLACKJACK (sense 3) …   English World dictionary

  • life preserver — noun rescue equipment consisting of a buoyant belt or jacket to keep a person from drowning • Syn: ↑preserver, ↑flotation device • Hypernyms: ↑float, ↑rescue equipment • Hyponyms: ↑life buoy, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • life preserver — UK [ˈlaɪf prɪˌzɜː(r)və(r)] / US [ˈlaɪf prɪˌzɜrvər] noun [countable] Word forms life preserver : singular life preserver plural life preservers American a lifejacket …   English dictionary

  • life preserver —    a cosh    It is not intended to preserve that of the victim:     Macarthur was hit with a life preserver... on the back of the head. (Christie, 1939 it killed him) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • life preserver — life pre.server n AmE something such as a ↑life belt or ↑life jacket that can be worn in the water to prevent you from sinking …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • life preserver — life pre|serv|er [ laıf prı,zɜrvər ] noun count AMERICAN a LIFE JACKET …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • life-preserver — lifeˈ preservˈer noun 1. An apparatus for saving someone from drowning 2. A club or cosh • • • Main Entry: ↑life …   Useful english dictionary

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