life buoy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n life buoy a life preserver in the form of a ring of buoyant material
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Life buoy a float intended to support persons who have fallen into the water, until a boat can be dispatched to save them.
    • Life buoy See Buoy.
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Usage

In literature:

The life-boat was launched, and the life-buoy was cut adrift.
"Gathering Jewels" by James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
We were not without means of support, for as Jerry fell the life-buoy had been let go.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
I do not know whether the life-buoy was let go.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Bring ladders, life-buoys, and ropes' ends!
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
But I won't have the life-buoy; what will you do without it?
"Picked up at Sea" by J.C. Hutcheson
There was such a stampede for the platform that you'd think we were drowning, and scrambling for life-buoys.
"Peggy-Alone" by Mary Agnes Byrne
We eagerly watched; when at last through the gloom we saw the life-buoy appear, and discovered that a person was in it.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
One of the sailors was in the act of throwing overboard a life buoy.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
The life-buoy hampered me in swimming, and I missed the rudder by an inch.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
For in this stormy life as on the stormy ocean heavy things sink us and light things buoy us up.
"The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura" by Lucius Apuleius
The cutter and gig were down, and the life-buoy out, in an instant, but, poor fellow!
"Journal of a Visit to Constantinople and Some of the Greek Islands in the Spring and Summer of 1833" by John Auldjo
For that matter, it is easy to convince ourselves that the egg combines with the function of a life-buoy that of the first ration.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
He saw the second mate heave over a life-buoy, but it fell short, and he did not swim for it.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
I'll be the first to see you go, and a life-buoy will go after you in a trice.
"Banked Fires" by E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
I should like to fasten you to a life-buoy in the middle of the Red Sea.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
The boats were swung out and made ready, and men, with life-saving buoys, were running all over in great excitement.
"The Adventures of the U-202" by E. Spiegel
Every life-buoy had disappeared, snatched off by the panic-stricken crowd.
"A Veldt Official" by Bertram Mitford
Young and beautiful, crippled for life, yet very light-hearted, buoyed up by knowing that he lost it in a good cause.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
Almost at the same time the sentry let fall the patent life-buoy.
"A Lively Bit of the Front" by Percy F. Westerman
Halfway across, Hal's hand struck gently against a large iron buoy, to which life-lines were attached, and which was anchored in mid stream.
"Under the Star-Spangled Banner" by F. S. Brereton
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In poetry:

And there was neither gull on the wing,
Nor wave that could not tell
Of the bodies that were buckled in the life-buoy's ring
That slid from swell to swell.
"The King's Pilgrimage" by Rudyard Kipling
I said to a girl - "You must swim for your life
Or hang on to a buoy, if you can."
She looked at me coy, and said, "You're not a boy,
Get out, you're a dirty old man!"
"The Sailor's Farewell To His Horse." by Billy Bennett

In news:

The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2010 requires -- among other things -- that the compact life buoys and net-bottomed floats used for emergencies by passengers be replaced by inflatable rafts or other approved inflatable equipment.
Residual Values of A320 Family Could Be Buoyed by Life Extension.
It's called the "Swimming Buddy" and is a colored styrofoam buoy that attaches to life jackets.
It's called the "Swimming Buddy " and is a colored styrofoam buoy that attaches to life jackets.
The contest winner called Life Buoy allows users in a natural disaster to find relief centers or request prescription refills.
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