Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An expert swimmer trained and employed to watch over other swimmers, as at a beach or swimming pool. Also called lifesaver.
  • intransitive v. To work or serve as a lifeguard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A guard of the life or person; a guard that attends a prince or other person; a bodyguard.
  • n. An attendant, usually an expert swimmer, employed to save swimmers in trouble or near drowning at a body of water.
  • n. A lifesaver.
  • n. A sturdy metal bracket affixed in front of each of the leading wheels of a train to deflect small objects away from the wheels to prevent derailment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an attendant employed at a beach or pool to protect swimmers from accidents

Etymologies

From life +‎ guard. Compare German Leibgarde ("bodyguard"), Danish livgarde ("bodyguard"), Swedish livgarde ("bodyguard"). Compare also Old English līfweard ("guardian of life"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You know the city is not worried about its image when uses a downtown lot for long-term lifeguard tower storage and weed cultivation ...

    The Daily News - News

  • Monmouth County finishes second on its home surf in national lifeguard competition CAPE MAY - Convention says Matt Nunnally should play with people his own age, but the 41-year-old from Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J., still beats younger athletes when he competes in the surf.

    PhillyDeals

  • D'Errico (aka lifeguard Donna Marco) is "a conspiracy theorist" whose goal is to climb Mt. Ararat and search for Noah's Ark. And Bingham (who played Jordan Tate from 1996 through 1998) has opened a dating service -- with herself as the first client.

    TV Squad

  • • If you freeze-frame Ted's resume after he deletes the "Doctor X" stuff, the last item involves him being a lifeguard, which isn't really applicable to an architecture career, either.

    What's Alan Watching?

  • An appropriate stretch assignment is one that builds on tasks an employee has already handled and, at a minimum, gives a worker the opportunity to call the lifeguard (the boss) for help.

    BusinessWeek.com --

  • Duties of a seasonal / on-call lifeguard include: patrol beach at an assigned tower; protect life; prevent accidents; enforce safety regulations; and assist people in distress.

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  • The pay rate for a seasonal / on-call lifeguard is $12 per hour.

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  • LIHUE - Persons interested in becoming a seasonal / on-call lifeguard with Kauai County's Ocean Safety Bureau can apply between April 13 and 24.

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  • I actually don't care if the word "lifeguard" was not mentioned or if the need for insurance was not demanded but suggested, there is no reason for a local council to get involved in any way in whether Miss Maxwell has a pool in her garden or not.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • With so many people out there bobbing around, there has to be some kind of lifeguard -- a system to make sense of it all.

    Jenifer Fox: Who Are Your Facebook Friends?

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