breeches buoy
noun Date: 1880 a canvas seat in the form of breeches hung from a life buoy running on a hawser and used to haul persons from one ship to another or from ship to shore especially in rescue operations

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  • Breeches buoy — Buoy Buoy (bwoi or boi; 277), n. [D. boei buoy, fetter, fr. OF. boie, buie, chain, fetter, F. bou[ e]e a buoy, from L. boia. Boiae genus vinculorum tam ferreae quam ligneae. Festus. So called because chained to its place.] (Naut.) A float; esp. a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Breeches buoy — Breeches Breech es (br[i^]ch [e^]z), n. pl. [OE. brech, brek, AS. br[=e]k, pl. of br[=o]c breech, breeches; akin to Icel. br[=o]k breeches, ODan. brog, D. broek, G. bruch; cf. L. bracae, braccae, which is of Celtic origin. Cf. {Brail}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breeches buoy — [brich′iz] n. a device for rescuing people at sea, consisting of a piece of strong canvas with leg holes suspended from a life preserver that is run along a rope from ship to shore or to another ship …   English World dictionary

  • Breeches buoy — A breeches buoy is a crude rope based rescue device used to extract people from wrecked vessels, or to transfer people from one location to another in situations of danger. The device resembles a round emergency personal flotation device with a… …   Wikipedia

  • breeches buoy — noun a life buoy in the form of a ring with short breeches for support; used to transfer people from a ship • Hypernyms: ↑life buoy, ↑lifesaver, ↑life belt, ↑life ring …   Useful english dictionary

  • breeches buoy — Naut. a rescue device consisting of a life buoy from which is suspended a canvas sling, similar in form to a pair of breeches, in which shipwrecked or disabled persons are hauled from a vessel to the shore or to another vessel by means of a rope… …   Universalium

  • breeches buoy — noun a ring lifebuoy, fitted with canvas breeches, rigged between ship and shore, for rescuing seamen when a ship is in danger of breaking up; also used for transferring people from ship to ship at sea Also colloqually called: britches buoy or… …   Wiktionary

  • breeches-buoy — breechˈes buoy noun A life saving apparatus enclosing the person like a pair of breeches • • • Main Entry: ↑breech …   Useful english dictionary

  • breeches buoy — noun a lifebuoy on a rope with a canvas support resembling a pair of breeches, by means of which a person may be transferred from a ship …   English new terms dictionary

  • breeches buoy — /ˈbrɪtʃəz bɔɪ/ (say brichuhz boy) noun a life saving apparatus, like a short pair of breeches, moving on a rope stretched from a wreck to the shore or another ship …   Australian English dictionary

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