Definitions for buoyˈbu i, bɔɪ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
bu•oyˈbu i, bɔɪ(n.; v.)-oyed, -oy•ing.
(n.)an anchored float used as a marker or as a mooring.
life buoy .
Category: Nautical, Navy
(v.t.)to keep afloat; keep from sinking (often fol. by up).
to mark with buoys.
Category: Nautical, Navy
to sustain or encourage (often fol. by up):
Her courage was buoyed by the doctor's assurances.
(v.i.)to float or rise by reason of lightness.
Origin of buoy:
1425–75; late ME boye a float < MF *boie, boue(e) < Gmc
bright-colored; a float attached by rope to the seabed to mark channels in a harbor or underwater hazards
float on the surface of water
buoy, buoy up(verb)
"The life vest buoyed him up"
mark with a buoy
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
buoy(noun)ˈbu i, bɔɪ
a floating object for directing ships
A float moored in water to mark a location, warn of danger, or indicate a navigational channel.
To keep afloat or aloft.
To support or maintain at a high level.
To mark with a buoy.
Origin: From buoy 'a float', from boeye 'a float, signal; line, tether' (cf. boei 'buoy'), from boie, buie 'line, fetter, chain', from boia 'fetters', originally, 'leather collar for the neck', from Ancient Greek 'strap of ox-leather', from 'ox'. More at cow.
a float; esp. a floating object moored to the bottom, to mark a channel or to point out the position of something beneath the water, as an anchor, shoal, rock, etc
to keep from sinking in a fluid, as in water or air; to keep afloat; -- with up
to support or sustain; to preserve from sinking into ruin or despondency
to fix buoys to; to mark by a buoy or by buoys; as, to buoy an anchor; to buoy or buoy off a channel
to float; to rise like a buoy
A buoy is a floating device that can have many purposes. It can be anchored or allowed to drift with the sea wave. The word, of Old French or Middle Dutch origin, is now most commonly pronounced in UK English, although some orthoepists have traditionally prescribed the pronunciation. The pronunciation, while chiefly American, more closely resembles the modern French bouée.
Translations for buoy
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a floating anchored mark, acting as a guide, warning or mooring point for boats.
- boei, dobberAfrikaans
- الطافِيَـه: عَوّامه لأرشاد السفنArabic
- boiaPortuguese (BR)
- die BojeGerman
- گوی راهنما؛ دریا چراغFarsi
- पथप्रदर्शन इत्यादि के लिए पानी पर तैरता चिह्नHindi
- bauja, duflIcelandic
- flytebøye, flytemerkeNorwegian
- گوی راهنما؛ دریا چراغPersian
- یو سپک جسم چی له بیړی څخه اوبو ته غورځیږی او جګی ټیټی او د خطر ځایونه پری معلومیږیPashto
- boj, prickSwedish
- 浮標Chinese (Trad.)
- бакен, буйUkrainian
- تیرنے والا نشانUrdu
- 浮标Chinese (Simp.)
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