Definition of lifeboat in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlīfˌbōt/ /ˈlaɪfˌboʊt/


  • 1A specially constructed boat launched from land to rescue people in distress at sea.

    • ‘On Sunday the lifeboat rescued a yacht which had run aground off Heir Island.’
    • ‘Both Whitby's lifeboats had to be launched to rescue five canoeists who put out to sea in a force nine gale on Saturday.’
    • ‘The lifeboat was launched after Fife coastguards received a distress call from the grounded vessel.’
    • ‘Some crews have received the new equipment and are able to launch their lifeboats with all the information they need for a rescue beamed directly to them by their operational headquarters.’
    • ‘Both the deep-sea and in-shore lifeboats were launched.’
    • ‘Humber Coastguard scrambled a rescue helicopter to the scene and requested the launch of the Humber lifeboat.’
    • ‘The vessels and the 2,500 men and women aboard were pounded by 40-foot breaking waves and rescue helicopters and lifeboats struggled to save them.’
    • ‘He will join other specially selected crewmen from lifeboats around the UK for the honour - representing the hundreds of other Scottish lifeboat crewmen.’
    • ‘Two hovercraft, two rescue helicopters and three lifeboats rushed to the scene fearing a repeat of the tragedy which earlier last year claimed the lives of 21 people.’
    • ‘Two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter, an RAF Hercules plane and two Navy war ships spent 30 hours scouring the seas and coast but his body was never found.’
    • ‘Clacton's lifeboats have been launched 32 times in the past three months, compared to 21 for the same time last year.’
    • ‘All seven crew members were rescued by lifeboats from Hamble and Calshot before being transferred to waiting ambulances at Warsash.’
    • ‘Both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched from Fenit.’
    • ‘An inshore lifeboat capsized during a rescue attempt and three crew members later required hospital treatment.’
    • ‘The coast guard was alerted and the inshore lifeboat was sent out from Skegness.’
    • ‘A new all-weather lifeboat launching berth has been officially opened.’
    • ‘Six all-weather lifeboats, four helicopters, one fixed-wing aircraft and another 26 vessels joined the search in deteriorating conditions.’
    • ‘Once secure, the lifeboat slowly towed the vessel away from shore and out of danger.’
    • ‘The lifeboat towed the stricken vessel into Stromness, arriving just before midnight.’
    • ‘His rescue mission was also said to be the inspiration for setting up the first local lifeboat in the area.’
    1. 1.1A small boat kept on a ship for use in emergency, typically one of a number on deck or suspended from davits.
      • ‘Despite removing four lifeboats from the deck, owners believe that the ship can still be towed from the port, possibly to Belfast for dismantling.’
      • ‘He apparently believes that if there are not enough lifeboats on a sinking ship, everyone should stand on deck and go down together.’
      • ‘We found a lifeboat suspended 10 feet above the deck and bedded down under a tarpaulin.’
      • ‘Is it any wonder that Union membership is shrinking and Union Leaders are now jumping ship onto the lifeboats called Parliaments, State, Federal and Local?’
      • ‘What other cause would there be to put people into lifeboats on an unsinkable ship?’
      • ‘Nelson liked to salvage a few lifeboats from defeated French ships for this very purpose.’
      • ‘Will everybody get on deck and man the lifeboats?’
      • ‘He said that somebody should get the orchestra to shut up, and that everybody should be on deck, manning the lifeboats.’
      • ‘They repainted the ship's funnel and lifeboats, changed its name, then sailed to a rendezvous with a second tanker and transferred most of the cargo before getting clean away.’
      • ‘Her 14 crew took to the lifeboats; the ship spent a fortnight jammed on the rocks before sinking into a steep gully, stern in 3m and bow in just 6m.’
      • ‘Men jumped from the ship into lifeboats, overcrowding them to the point of capsizing.’
      • ‘However as long as the ship had lifeboats on board it was fit to travel.’
      • ‘Well, when everyone said they were sorry, we searched the ship for a lifeboat… we found one!’
      • ‘These were flat-bottomed craft with a shallow draft, and were lowered from the davits of larger troop-carrying merchantmen, like lifeboats.’
      • ‘She survived by hanging onto a rope on a capsized lifeboat for 19 hours.’
      • ‘Luckily, Kurt lowered the lifeboat and escaped the sinking vessel.’
      • ‘Fourteen survived in lifeboats before being rescued five days later.’
      • ‘On April the 9th, the men launched the lifeboats and headed for dry land for the first time in many months.’
      • ‘The suddenness of the attack left no time to launch lifeboats, so the 900 sailors who escaped the sinking ship found themselves floating in life jackets.’
      • ‘The order was given to abandon ship and the lifeboats were launched.’



/ˈlīfˌbōt/ /ˈlaɪfˌboʊt/