from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An apparatus of various forms, as a buoyant jacket or belt, or a complete dress, designed for the preservation of the lives of persons who, from shipwreck or other cause, are compelled to trust themselves to the water.
- n. A weapon, as a pistol, or specifically a short stick with a loaded head, used for defense against assailants.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. rescue equipment consisting of a buoyant belt or jacket to keep a person from drowning
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