breeches buoy(redirected from breeches buoys)
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a ring-shaped life buoy with a support in the form of a pair of short breeches, in which a person is suspended for safe transfer from a ship
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breeches buoy[′brich·əz ‚bȯi]
A device for carrying people from a stranded ship to shore or between ships.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.