from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A boat carried on a ship for use if the ship has to be abandoned.
- n. A boat used for rescue service.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a boat especially designed for saving the lives of shipwrecked people.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A strong, buoyant boat especially designed for saving the lives of shipwrecked people.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A boat constructed for the special purpose of saving life at sea in stormy weather, especially in case of shipwreck.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a strong sea boat designed to rescue people from a sinking ship
The one person who you must NOT toss out of the overcrowded lifeboat is the navigator, the fellow who knows where the boat is relative to the nearest seaports and shipping lanes.
Like Ronald Reagan, their lifeboat is finding some plutocrat who will give them crumbs in exchange for endless diatribes re how the rich DESERVE to be rich.
The idea behind Amphibian Ark was for an international effort to breed species under threat, providing a "long-term lifeboat" to ensure their survival.
The $4.9 billion budget Sims proposed last month put a number of programs into a metaphorical "lifeboat" -- meaning they would be funded indefinitely for six months, with their long-term survival contingent whether the Legislature will authorize their funding.
It's a thirties ship's lifeboat, which is powered by a wind turbine and two solar panels on the roof.
In hindsight it was prudent to pay up for a seat, especially since the cost of a lifeboat was a rounding error to a passenger's wealth.
The lifeboat has been a place where lots are drawn to decide who will eat and who will be eaten.
Ship was close, the lifeboat was a sitting duck waiting to be hosed down with 100s of rounds once the captain jumped in the water and was out of the line of fire.
Because we're sinkin 'down, and the lifeboat is your safest place
This too would be a premature conclusion: Dealing with a gang of pirates who have hijacked a lifeboat is a considerably lesser challenge than dealing with a gang of lunatics who have hijacked a whole country.