What does buoy mean?

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ˈbu i, bɔɪbuoy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buoy(verb)

    bright-colored; a float attached by rope to the seabed to mark channels in a harbor or underwater hazards

  2. buoy(verb)

    float on the surface of water

  3. buoy, buoy up(verb)

    keep afloat

    "The life vest buoyed him up"

  4. buoy(verb)

    mark with a buoy


  1. buoy(Noun)

    A float moored in water to mark a location, warn of danger, or indicate a navigational channel.

  2. buoy(Noun)

    A life-buoy.

  3. buoy(Verb)

    To keep afloat or aloft.

  4. buoy(Verb)

    To support or maintain at a high level.

  5. buoy(Verb)

    To mark with a buoy.

  6. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buoy(noun)

    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

  2. Buoy(verb)

    to keep from sinking in a fluid, as in water or air; to keep afloat; -- with up

  3. Buoy(verb)

    to support or sustain; to preserve from sinking into ruin or despondency

  4. Buoy(verb)

    to fix buoys to; to mark by a buoy or by buoys; as, to buoy an anchor; to buoy or buoy off a channel

  5. Buoy(verb)

    to float; to rise like a buoy


  1. 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

  1. Buoy

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. buoy

    A sort of close cask, or block of wood, fastened by a rope to the anchor, to show its situation after being cast, that the ship may not come so near it as to entangle her cable about its stock or flukes.--To buoy a cable is to make fast a spar, cask, or the like, to the bight of the cable, in order to prevent its galling or rubbing on the bottom. When a buoy floats on the water it is said to watch. When a vessel slips her cable she attaches a buoy to it in order afterwards to recover it. Thus the blockading squadrons off Brest and in Basque Roads frequently slipped, by signal, and each in beautiful order returned and picked up their cables.--To stream the buoy is to let it fall from the ship's side into the water, which is always done before the anchor is let go, that it may not be fouled by the buoy-rope as it sinks to the bottom.--Buoys of various kinds are also placed upon rocks or sand-banks to direct mariners where to avoid danger.

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How to say buoy in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buoy in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buoy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of buoy in a Sentence

  1. Le Cun:

    I am 100% positive that there were no signs on the buoy, i know that because my boat was tied to that buoy.

  2. Unknown:

    If privatization fails to buoy up the economy, then let's be put in record now only who would or should be penalized

  3. Avtar Sandu:

    Normally it takes at least two quarters before things start to pick up but there's always hope for new stimulus in the market that will buoy the economy.

  4. Barry Svrluga:

    He was in the Navy and he was in a sub-chaser ship, he describes in these journals these night-after-night runs to the coast of France to set buoy markers.

  5. Peter Wallerstein:

    It's in pretty good condition, it looks a little thin. It's swimming really good. We put a buoy on it last night that should slow it down, and we should be able to spot it.

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