lifeline

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Etymology[edit]

From life + line.

Pronunciation[edit]

līf' līn'

Noun[edit]

lifeline (plural lifelines)

  1. A line to which a drowning or falling victim may cling to.
  2. A means or route for transporting indispensable supplies.
  3. A source of salvation in a crisis.
  4. (engineering) System or structure of vital importance to a community.
  5. (nautical) On the deck of a boat, a line to which one can attach oneself to stay aboard on rough seas

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