dead man’s float

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dead man’s float

Public health
A manoeuvre used to help a person survive in a body of water for a long period of time. The person is to take a deep breath of air, completely filling the lungs, which serves to buoy the body; the person leaves his or her body face-down in the water in a dead man position until he or she must take the next breath.

Zoology
Appearance of tardigrade when in a temporary anoxybiotic state; it is swollen, motionless and all four legs are extended.
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James's work becomes the ideal postmodern construction: "at its end it opens itself to the reader, asks that the reader enter into its project, that we read the 'alien' text our survival floats upon and imbricate it with our own" (46).
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