• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Life-preserver An apparatus, made in very various forms, and of various materials, for saving one from drowning by buoying up the body while in the water.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n life-preserver An apparatus of various forms, as a buoyant jacket or belt, or a complete dress, designed for the preservation of the lives of persons who, from shipwreck or other cause, are compelled to trust themselves to the water.
    • n life-preserver A weapon, as a pistol, or specifically a short stick with a loaded head, used for defense against assailants.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Life-preserver an invention, as a buoyant belt or jacket, for the preservation of life in cases of shipwreck: a cane with a loaded head
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.”
  • Reinhold Niebuhr
    “Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Life. A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.”
  • Smiley Blanton
    Smiley Blanton
    “Love is the immortal flow of energy that nourishes, extends and preserves. Its eternal goal is life.”
  • Bible
    “Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. [Psalms 64:1]”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. líf; Ice. líf, Sw. lif, Dut. lijf, body, life; Ger. leben, to live.


In literature:

It is the reality of the life in them, personal, direct, fundamental, that preserves their influence in other lives.
"Heart of Man" by George Edward Woodberry
Therefore, they should be preserved by thee, if thy life is at all dear to thee.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
In many cases life was solely preserved by opening the temporal artery.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 335" by Various
It will be necessary to explain to the reader by what means the life of our celebrated cur was preserved.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The classical student has preserved Old China to its present hour of new life.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
To preserve his identity enriches and safeguards the life.
"The Minister and the Boy" by Allan Hoben
Pray for that day; and preserve life and health that you may worthily meet it.
"Speeches from the Dock, Part I" by Various
A few seconds more we spurred in agony; speed was life; the chasm was to be our preservation or our tomb.
"Monsieur Violet" by Frederick Marryat
He has difficulty even in preserving life.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
God preserve your life, and restore your health!
"Life And Letters Of John Gay (1685-1732)" by Lewis Melville
The stewards had life-preservers, which they were buckling on to themselves.
"Wide Courses" by James Brendan Connolly
Life was not so precious a thing to her that she should set all else aside to preserve it!
"The Sign Of The Red Cross" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Spinoza began with self-preservation, which was to be the principle of life and the root of all feelings.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The study of the classics means the study of the whole life of the two great nations of antiquity as preserved in the extant literature.
"The Unity of Civilization" by Various
That ye may know then, I will go, and preserve the city, and will give up my life for this land.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
We need it still more to grasp and to preserve the unity of our social life.
"Recent Developments in European Thought" by Various
The wood-choppers are fastening life-preservers about their bodies.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
He's going to play he's a patent life-preserver.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
For he is the only God that can preserve my life, and the only one that can take it away.
"American Missionary, Volume 44, No. 1, January, 1890" by Various
From first to last the Book of the Dead is filled with spells and prayers for the preservation of the mummy and for everlasting life.
"The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians" by E. A. Wallis Budge

In poetry:

If in thy faith there does no life appear,
If it no grace, in word and work, does bear,
'Tis but the name of faith upon the whole — A faith, that never can preserve thy soul!
"Advice To Believe In Christ, And An Exhibition Or Display Of The Wonderful Change That Is Wrought In" by Rees Prichard
On juries, oft, for life and death I served,
Of God, and of his laws regardless quite;
The guiltless I condemn'd, but still preserv'd
Those, who depriv'd their neighbours of their right.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
Say, does not worth preserve the good man's fame?
Even in the dust, (his sanctified repose!)
And round his grave, though poor in life his name,
The violet blooms, the wall-flower sweeter blows.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
O'er the pale corse we saw him gently bend:
Heart-chill'd with grief—"My thread," he cried, "is spun!
If Heaven had meant I should my life extend,
Heaven had preserved my life's support, my son.
"Elegy XV. In Memory of a Private Family in Worcestershire" by William Shenstone
O Memory! Celestial maid!
Who glean'st the flowerets cropt by time;
And, suffering not a leaf to fade,
Preserv'st the blossoms of our prime;
Bring, bring those moments to my mind
When life was new and Lesbia kind.
"Ode to Memory" by William Shenstone
Now it is all over and I will thank all my life,
Who has preserved me and my mate, McEachern, in the midst of danger and strife;
And I hope that all landsmen of low and high degree,
Will think of the hardships of poor mariners while at sea.
"A Tale of the Sea" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Deep in the Ecuadorian jungle, the Achuar, a local tribe, have been using limited tourism as a means to preserve and protect their land and way of life.
What was once the life preserver of Hudson River Park is now dragging the waterfront park under.
Preserve the life of your Christmas wreath – apply a generous coating of hairspray.
For Kennedys, legacy preservation becomes life's work.
US Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the "Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act," which is intended to help address and prevent shortages of prescription drug medications.
Scientists say the action will help preserve unique sea life.
Murphy's Law: Chris Doyle Lifes journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting Holy shiit What a ride.
The two-year Smartmilk project, officially launched in October 2010, seeks to better preserve the taste and nutrition of milk while retaining the safety and shelf-life of pasteurized milk.
Life With a Victorian Family, Preserved for Posterity .
This week, Family Life's Sherri Watters talks about a preservative found in flour that is causing a lot of health problems.
The agency said it does require planes to carry life preservers for all passengers.
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have fought to preserve the American way of life, and nothing is more American than baseball.
This is one of the life Preservers from the Windward Passage, touted as being the 'Fastest Sailboat in the World', and it kept that title for over 30 years.
Preserving a quality of life in Brookfield.
Nothing trumps the preservation of life.

In science:

Metaphysics, philosophy, epistemology, questions about the meaning and value of human life must all be ruthlessly excluded from science, according to SE, to preserve its rationality, its intellectual integrity.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
On the Origin of Species or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Furthermore, the granular character is preserved also for the charge transfer by fluctuation Cooper pairs when their Ginzburg – Landau life-time, τGL ∼ (T − Tc )−1 is much shorter than the escape time Γ−1 (we use units with  = kB = 1).
Fluctuation spectroscopy of granularity in superconducting structures
Maria devoted her life to the preservation of the Nazca desert and the lines.
Maria Reiche's Line to Archaeoastronomy