A lifeline is a line or
ropeused to support a person who is in physical difficulty, or to prevent someone from getting into physical difficulty. For example, a lifeline may protect a person who is at risk of drowning.
Life line also refers to a line on the human palm used in
The term Lifeline may now be used metaphorically to refer to many different things which draw from this original meaning to some extent. Companies, services, and tv shows often use the term in their name.
Humanitarian / Charity
Lifeline (Counselling service): an Australian telephone Counselling service [http://www.lifeline.org.au] , also operating internationally [http://www.lifeline-international.org] (similar to [http://www.contact-usa.org/ CONTACT USA] or the UK Samaritans)
*Lifeline is a charity in
Serbiasupported by Princess Katerina of The Former Republic of Yugoslavia or Serbia.
*Lifeline Radios are distributed freely in
Africaand provide targeted access to information and education. The Freeplay Foundation is a non-profit humanitarian organisation [http://www.tenzero.net/~fp2/lifelinewhat.php Lifeline Radios]
*Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service: In the US & Canada "Lifeline" is a private, subscription-based medical alert service provided by Philips Lifeline (a division of Royal Philips Electronics, which purchased Lifeline Systems, Inc. in 2006). Lifeline Systems was founded in
1974by Dr. Andrew Dibner. Elderly subscribers wear medical alert devices on the wrist or around the neck, which when activated in the event of an emergency, automatically dial an emergency telephone number for assistance. [http://www.lifelinesys.com/]
*Community alarm units: In the
United Kingdom, Lifeline refers to community alarm units, manufactured by Tunstall Group, which when linked with telecaresensors provide vulnerable people with a means of contacting help via a network of monitoring centres throughout the UK.
*LifeLine Ambulance Service operates non-emergent service to various hospitals and nursing facilities in the metropolitan
Boston, Massachusettsarea. [http://www.lifelineamb.com]
Lifeline Helicopter: In Indiana (USA) four LifeLine helicopters fly for medical purposes within a 150-mile radius of Indianapolis. Air medical transport reaches further.
telephonydevices have a "lifeline" port. It is a port that's being used in case there is an electricity outage - so the device can still continue to work.
TV, Books, Music, & Video Games
*Fundarising program: Lifeline is also the name of a short regular
BBCSunday afternoon fundraisingprogramme that asks viewers to help the unaided and reports on the work of various charities in and around the UK. Various presenters have included Cliff Michelmoreand Nick Ross.
*Game shows: In the
game show" Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", a lifeline can be used by a contestant who is having trouble answering a question. A lifeline allows the contestant to phone a friend, ask the audience, or eliminate two of the four answer choices.
*"Lifeline", album by
*"Lifeline", album by
Lifeline (video game), an action-adventure video game.
Life-Line, a science fiction short story by Robert A. Heinlein
Lifeline (Stargate Atlantis), an episode of Stargate Atlantis
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