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
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
boi, n. a floating cask or light piece of wood fastened by a rope or chain to indicate shoals, the position of a ship's anchor, &c.—v.t. to fix buoys or marks: to keep afloat, bear up, or sustain: to raise the spirits.—ns. Buoy′age, a series of buoys or floating beacons to mark the course for vessels: the providing of buoys; Buoy′ancy, capacity for floating lightly on water or in the air: specific lightness: (fig.) lightness of spirit, cheerfulness.—adj. Buoy′ant, light: cheerful.—n. Buoy′antness. [Dut. boei, buoy, fetter, through Romance forms (Norman boie), from Low L. boia, a collar of leather.]
The numerical value of buoy in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of buoy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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- шамандура, буйBulgarian
- oben halten, mit Bojen markieren, aufrechterhalten, beflügeln, Boje, mit einer Boje markieren, auf der Wasseroberfläche halten, hoch halten, über Wasser haltenGerman
- reimari, poijuFinnish
- balise, bouée, flotteurFrench
- 浮標, ブイJapanese
- markeren, hoog houden, vlottend houden, stutten, boei, drijvend houden, afbakenenDutch
- plovak, plutačaSerbo-Croatian
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