life-preserver definition

  • noun:
    • An apparatus, produced in extremely numerous forms, and of different materials, for conserving one from drowning by buoying within the human anatomy whilst in the liquid.
    • An apparatus of numerous forms, as a buoyant jacket or buckle, or a complete dress, designed for the preservation of everyday lives of people whom, from shipwreck or other cause, tend to be compelled to trust on their own on water.
    • A weapon, as a pistol, or particularly a quick stay with a loaded head, useful for security against assailants.
    • rescue equipment composed of a buoyant buckle or coat to keep a person from drowning

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