water wings
noun plural Date: 1907 an air-filled device that fits around the arms of a person learning to swim so as to provide buoyancy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • water wings — n. a device, inflated with air, used to keep one afloat as while learning to swim: it is shaped somewhat like a pair of wings and is worn under the arms …   English World dictionary

  • water wings — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ inflated floats fixed to the arms of someone learning to swim to give increased buoyancy …   English terms dictionary

  • water wings — noun a life preserver consisting of a connected pair of inflatable bags that fit under a person s arms and provide buoyancy; used by children learning to swim • Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form • Hypernyms: ↑life preserver, ↑preserver,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • water wings — wa′ter wings n. pl. an inflatable contrivance shaped like a pair of wings, usu. worn under the arms to keep the body afloat, esp. while one learns to swim • Etymology: 1900–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • water wings — an inflatable contrivance shaped like a pair of wings, usually worn under the arms to keep the body afloat while one swims or learns to swim. [1900 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • water wings — /ˈwɔtə wɪŋz/ (say wawtuh wingz) plural noun a device shaped like a pair of wings and inflated with air, usually worn under the arms to keep the body afloat while learning to swim …   Australian English dictionary

  • water wings — noun inflatable plastic bands, normally worn on the upper arms, to help a wearer float in water and learn to swim …   Wiktionary

  • water wings — Synonyms and related words: Mae West, breeches buoy, buoy, cork jacket, ejection capsule, ejection seat, ejector seat, life belt, life buoy, life jacket, life net, life preserver, life raft, life ring, life vest, lifeboat, lifeline, parachute,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • water wings — air filled supports that fit around a swimmer s arms; inflated floats placed around a swimmer s arms …   English contemporary dictionary

  • water wings — plural noun inflated floats fixed to the arms of someone learning to swim to give increased buoyancy …   English new terms dictionary

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