Nautical. a distinctively shaped and marked float, sometimes carrying a signal or signals, anchored to mark a channel, anchorage, navigational hazard, etc., or to provide a mooring place away from the shore.
a life buoy.
to keep afloat or support by or as if by a life buoy; keep from sinking (often followed by up):
The life jacket buoyed her up until help arrived.
Nautical. to mark with a buoy or buoys.
to sustain or encourage (often followed by up):
Her courage was buoyed by the doctor’s assurances.
to float or rise by reason of lightness.
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a distinctively shaped and coloured float, anchored to the bottom, for designating moorings, navigable channels, or obstructions in a body of water See also life buoy
(transitive) usually foll by up. to prevent from sinking: the belt buoyed him up
(transitive) usually foll by up. to raise the spirits of; hearten
(transitive) (nautical) to mark (a channel or obstruction) with a buoy or buoys
(intransitive) to rise to the surface
a boat used in whaling for holding and towing the whales killed during a hunt.
a system of buoys. the provision of buoys. a fee for the use of a mooring buoy. Historical Examples Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 Various Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 Various noun a system of buoys the buoys used in such a system the providing […]
the power to float or rise in a fluid; relative lightness. the power of supporting a body so that it floats; upward pressure exerted by the fluid in which a body is immersed. lightness or resilience of spirit; cheerfulness. Historical Examples Highacres Jane Abbott Sinking of the Titanic Various Girlhood and Womanhood Sarah Tytler The […]
the power to float or rise in a fluid; relative lightness. the power of supporting a body so that it floats; upward pressure exerted by the fluid in which a body is immersed. lightness or resilience of spirit; cheerfulness. Contemporary Examples Knocking on Heaven’s Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of […]