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lifeline

1. a line thrown or fired aboard a vessel for hauling in a hawser for a breeches buoy
2. any rope or line attached to a vessel or trailed from it for the safety of passengers, crew, swimmers, etc.
3. a line by which a deep-sea diver is raised or lowered
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Lushan, Sichuan Province, China, Earthquake of 2013: Lifeline Performance
From stem to stern, destroyers have many synthetic lifelines connected from rail to rail, all designed to keep people from falling overboard.
A lot of time, thinking and capital went into launching and keeping LIFELines afloat and we don't want to waste a resource of this caliber.
Cllr Alan Boad, portfolio holder for housing at Warwick District Council, said: "Last year the district council's mobile response service answered all those calls from distressed people who called by using the lifelines provided by the charity.
One of the most visible items topside is the floating lifeline. On several recent surveys, we have noticed poorly maintained or missing lines.
Qualitative data generated through lifelines, a genogram, and card sorts (e.g., values, interests) are methods to uncover the meaning the client ascribes to a variety of life roles (i.e., family, student, worker, leisure, community).
Pacific Northwest storms of December 1-4, 2007; lifeline performance.
The second incident involved an E-3 who was sitting on a chock, with his back against the lifeline on sponsor No.
The Society established its Earthquake Investigation Committee of the Technical Council of Lifeline Earthquake Engineering to evaluate the performance of lifelines--critical infrastructure--following earthquakes.
The federal universal service program--an integral aspect of the Telecom Act-- is made up of four support areas, one of which focuses on providing support to low-income consumers and consists of the Lifeline and Linkup programs.