from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An apparatus used for rescues and transfers at sea, consisting of sturdy canvas breeches attached at the waist to a ring buoy that is suspended from a pulley running along a rope from ship to shore or from ship to ship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. in the life-saving service, a pair of canvas breeches depending from an annular or beltlike life buoy which is usually of cork. This contrivance, inclosing the person to be rescued, is hung by short ropes from a block which runs upon the hawser stretched from the ship to the shore, and is drawn to land by hauling lines.
- n. See under Breeches.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the life-saving service, a name given to an apparatus, like a short pair of breeches, moving on a rope stretched from a wreck to the shore, for the purpose of landing persons from the wreck.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a life buoy in the form of a ring with short breeches for support; used to transfer people from a ship
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