Definition of lifebelt in English:

lifebelt

noun

  • A ring of buoyant or inflatable material used to help a person who has fallen into water to stay afloat.

    • ‘While in the water he removed his lifebelt and tied it around one of the nurses and helped her stay afloat until they were rescued by British and French ships.’
    • ‘It has been widely agreed that the tourism industry is the island's lifebelt.’
    • ‘The men had no radio, lifejackets or lifebelts, and had been unable to abandon ship or attract attention to their plight.’
    • ‘The black Labrador wasted no time when his owner spotted lifebelts floating in the middle of Jubilee Lake.’
    • ‘Members of the Rotary Club will be assessing how many lifebelts are needed on this stretch, in conjunction with water safety experts.’
    • ‘We are tuned into a good programme on the radio, a kipper the size of a ship's lifebelt is gently grilling and I have a pot of tea mashing at my elbow.’
    • ‘And lifebelts aren't exactly the kind of thing you can sell on.’
    • ‘The ladies travelling first class were all rescued, but the women in steerage were not even issued with lifebelts.’
    • ‘The second is the ability of both men somehow to get lifebelts or ropes around them.’
    • ‘In the centre of it all stands a bemused young Fijian, a pair of lifebelts extending from outstretched arms, being a tree.’
    • ‘He cast the line a fourth time - and it landed directly between the two, who grabbed it and tied it to their lifebelts.’
    • ‘Miss, I must ask that you please put on your lifebelt and come up to the boat deck immediately.’
    • ‘He had to come out because there was no lifebelt to throw to them and he had a bad case of hypothermia.’
    • ‘Other problems included poor safety information, no black boxes and lifebelts that were difficult to find.’
    • ‘I am delighted that we have been able to put up so many lifebelts but we also need alarmed lifebelts.’
    • ‘Finally they picked up a fourth man, a passer-by who had seen the drama and dived in to the canal to help, towing a lifebelt.’
    • ‘The hotel staff threw lifebelts out, which the two men grabbed on to, but they were too exhausted to swim back to the shore.’
    • ‘However, it quickly made clear that it was not prepared to accept this lifebelt.’
    • ‘Lifebelt lines have had to be replaced several times and lifebelts have had to be retrieved from lakes eight times in one week.’
    • ‘To Peter's astonishment a familiar figure was wading ashore, a red and white lifebelt about his waist.’
    • ‘Also housed here is a small lifebelt, there for throwing to someone in the water in an emergency.’
    • ‘Although the youngster was wearing a lifebelt, she had become stuck under the water after turning upside down.’
    • ‘Dougie had a sleeping bag; I lay shivering amongst lifebelts and ropes and prayed for morning.’
    • ‘As well as climbing on sand stockpiles, children have also been seen around the quarry's lagoons and have thrown lifebelts into the water.’
    • ‘Watchkeepers were shocked to find lifebelts knotted and thrown into the water, cables ripped out of scanners and damage to their roof when they arrived at their base yesterday morning.’

Pronunciation

lifebelt

/ˈlʌɪfbɛlt/