personal flotation device

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personal flotation device (plural personal flotation devices)

  1. A life vest or other device or article of clothing designed to be used by one person as an aid to remaining safely afloat in water, especially in a emergency situation.
    • 1973, "Water Safety Drive Concluded," Ocala Star-Banner, 15 Oct., p. 5B (retrieved 7 Jan. 2010):
      Under the new personal flotation device regulations, boats 16 feet and longer must have one wearable type flotation device on board the boat for each person.