from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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 The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
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- noun a
ring lifebuoy, fitted with canvasbreeches, riggedbetween shipand shore, for rescuing seamenwhen a ship is in dangerof breakingup; also used for transferringpeople from ship to ship at sea
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun 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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