Meaning of lifeboat

life•boat

Pronunciation: (līf'bōt"), [key]
— n.
  1. a double-ended ship's boat, constructed, mounted, and provisioned so as to be readily able to rescue and maintain persons from a sinking vessel.
  2. a similarly constructed boat used by shore-based rescue services.
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