Definition of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Royal National Lifeboat Institution

 
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(abbreviation the RNLI)
 
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a popular British charity, formed in 1824, which provides boats to rescue people at sea around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. Small models of these boats are found in many shops and pubs, with a hole in the top for people to put money in. The people who work in the rescue service, which is available at all times, do so without pay. The charity now also provides lifeguards to help people who get into difficulties while swimming from beaches.