Definition of Breeches buoy

1. Noun. A life buoy in the form of a ring with short breeches for support; used to transfer people from a ship.

Generic synonyms: Life Belt, Life Buoy, Life Ring, Lifesaver



Definition of Breeches buoy

1. Noun. a ring lifebuoy, fitted with canvas breeches, rigged between ship and shore, for rescuing seamen when a ship is in danger of breaking up; also used for transferring people from ship to ship at sea ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Breeches Buoy

breech-loading
breech birth
breech births
breech closer
breech delivery
breech extraction
breech presentation
breechblock
breechblocks
breechcloth
breechcloths
breechclout
breechclouts
breeched
breeches
breeches buoy (current term)
breechesmaker
breeching
breechings
breechloader
breechloaders
breechloading
breed in the bone
breed like rabbits
breedable
breedbate
breedbates
breede
breeded

Literary usage of Breeches buoy

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1. The Cornhill Magazine by George Smith (1873)
"As soon as the breeches buoy reaches the wreck the crew, ... Great care is necessary in sending off the breeches buoy empty, as in a strong wind it is ..."

2. The English Illustrated Magazine (1892)
""None of your darned men-o'-war slippery hitches about this," said he; and Harper, as he saw the breeches buoy come along the stout cable, ..."

3. The Merchant Marine Manual by Eugene Edward O'Donnell (1918)
"Life-savers on shore will then set hawser taut and by means of the endless line haul off to your ship a breeches buoy. (Figure 3. ..."

4. Our Inland Seas: Their Shipping & Commerce for Three Centuries by James Cooke Mills (1910)
"It is then that the famous breeches- buoy comes into use, or, ... The breeches-buoy is not a new appliance, as it was first used a hundred years ago, ..."

5. Protocols of Proceedings of the International Marine Conference (1890)
"He put a heaving-stick, the Lyle gun, a shot-line, a whip-line, a breeches-buoy, and a spare line into the surf-boat, and with his crew set out for the rock ..."

6. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"From this hawser the breeches-buoy or life-car it suspended and drawn between ... The breeches-buoy is a cork life-buoy to which is attached a pair of short ..."

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