life raft
noun Date: 1819 a raft usually made of wood or an inflatable material and designed for use by people forced into the water

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • life raft — life rafts also life raft N COUNT A life raft is a small rubber boat carried on an aircraft or large boat which can be filled with air and used in an emergency …   English dictionary

  • life raft — life′ raft n. naut. navig. a raft, often inflatable, for use in emergencies, as when a ship must be abandoned • Etymology: 1810–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • life raft — ► NOUN ▪ an inflatable raft for use in an emergency at sea …   English terms dictionary

  • life raft — n. a small raft, now usually inflatable, for use as an emergency craft at sea …   English World dictionary

  • life raft — n a small rubber boat that can be filled with air and used by passengers on a sinking ship …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • life raft — life ,raft noun count a small rubber boat used for saving people whose boat is sinking …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • life raft — noun a raft to use if a ship must be abandoned in an emergency • Syn: ↑Carling float • Hypernyms: ↑raft * * * noun : a very buoyant raft usually made of wood or an inflatable material and designed to be used by people forced into the water (as… …   Useful english dictionary

  • life raft — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms life raft : singular life raft plural life rafts a small rubber boat used for saving people whose boat is sinking …   English dictionary

  • life-raft — see life raft …   English dictionary

  • life raft — /ˈlaɪf raft/ (say luyf rahft) noun a raft, either inflatable or made of buoyant material, carried by a ship for use in emergencies at sea. Also, liferaft …   Australian English dictionary

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