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[n]  rescue equipment consisting of a buoyant belt or jacket to keep a person from drowning
 Synonyms: flotation device, preserver
 See Also: cork jacket, life belt, life buoy, life jacket, life ring, life vest, lifesaver, rescue equipment, water wings



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
(l[imac]f"pr[-e]*z[~e]rv`[~e]r), n.
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. -- {Life"-pre*serv`ing}, a.

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