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  • n. Plural form of lifebuoy.


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  • In one corner of the village stood a Ligurian hostelry where make-believe sailors and fishermen ate minestrone or trenette with pesto amid coiled ropes and lifebuoys.


  • Although there were a dozen or more lifebuoys on board and several lifeboats, the accident took place with such speed it would have been impossible to organize their use.

    Tragedy on the Thames

  • In the sea of pain there were no lifebuoys to save me.

    a better woman

  • Only a pathetic scattering of flotsam and jetsam showed where the frigate had gone down, baulks of timber, a few drums, carley floats, lifebuoys and life jackets, all empty and four men.

    San Andreas

  • He thought it appeared that oil had some utility on tidal bars; on wrecks, to facilitate the operations of rescue; on lifeboats and on lifebuoys.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 514, November 7, 1885

  • Alarm was at once sounded, lifebuoys thrown toward him, the vessels came about and circled diligently around, but no sign was seen of him.

    The Greater Love

  • Mr. Elton, the lifebuoys had been adjusted, and their valuables secured beforehand.

    The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet

  • Cartridges of carbide and caps yielding a self - inflammable gas can be carried on board ship, by means of which the torches or lifebuoys may be renewed after service in a few minutes 'time.

    Acetylene, the Principles of Its Generation and Use

  • In rigid airships where members of the crew have to move from one end of the ship to the other, the harness is worn and parachutes are disposed in the keel and cars as are lifebuoys in seagoing vessels.

    British Airships, Past, Present, and Future

  • Venables crawled down again, and with the assistance of some of the crew unlashed the lifebuoys and distributed them among the company.

    Round the World in Seven Days


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