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lifeboat

a boat, propelled by oars or a motor, used for rescuing people at sea, escaping from a sinking ship, etc.
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lifeboat

[′līf‚bōt]
(naval architecture)
A small boat hoisted on davits or carried on one of the upper decks of a vessel, which can be quickly lowered into the water in case of an emergency.
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