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ˈbɔɪ ən si, ˈbu yən sibuoy·an·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buoyancy, perkinessnoun

    cheerfulness that bubbles to the surface

  2. airiness, buoyancynoun

    the property of something weightless and insubstantial

  3. buoyancynoun

    the tendency to float in water or other liquid

  4. irrepressibility, buoyancynoun

    irrepressible liveliness and good spirit

    "I admired his buoyancy and persistent good humor"


  1. buoyancynoun

    The upward force on a body immersed or partly immersed in a fluid.

  2. buoyancynoun

    The ability of an object to stay afloat in a fluid.

  3. buoyancynoun

    Resilience or cheerfulness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buoyancynoun

    the property of floating on the surface of a liquid, or in a fluid, as in the atmosphere; specific lightness, which is inversely as the weight compared with that of an equal volume of water

  2. Buoyancynoun

    the upward pressure exerted upon a floating body by a fluid, which is equal to the weight of the body; hence, also, the weight of a floating body, as measured by the volume of fluid displaced

  3. Buoyancynoun

    cheerfulness; vivacity; liveliness; sprightliness; -- the opposite of heaviness; as, buoyancy of spirits


  1. Buoyancy

    In science, buoyancy is an upward force exerted by a fluid that opposes the weight of an immersed object. In a column of fluid, pressure increases with depth as a result of the weight of the overlying fluid. Thus a column of fluid, or an object submerged in the fluid, experiences greater pressure at the bottom of the column than at the top. This difference in pressure results in a net force that tends to accelerate an object upwards. The magnitude of that force is proportional to the difference in the pressure between the top and the bottom of the column, and is also equivalent to the weight of the fluid that would otherwise occupy the column, i.e. the displaced fluid. For this reason, an object whose density is greater than that of the fluid in which it is submerged tends to sink. If the object is either less dense than the liquid or is shaped appropriately, the force can keep the object afloat. This can occur only in a reference frame which either has a gravitational field or is accelerating due to a force other than gravity defining a "downward" direction. In a situation of fluid statics, the net upward buoyancy force is equal to the magnitude of the weight of fluid displaced by the body.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. buoyancy

    Capacity for floating lightly.--Centre of buoyancy, in naval architecture, the mean centre of that part of the vessel which is immersed in the water. (See CENTRE OF CAVITY.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buoyancy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buoyancy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of buoyancy in a Sentence

  1. Carsten Fritsch:

    A weaker U.S. dollar is lending prices buoyancy, as are comments made by the Saudi Arabian Oil Minister.

  2. The IMF:

    Keeping to these plans, however, is subject to significant risks related to (i) the ability to fully finance the ambitious 2016 personal income tax reform and (ii) uncertainties about the costs associated with the refugee crisis, while recent revenue buoyancy will help, it is likely that additional measures will be needed to reach the targeted deficit.

  3. Millan Mulraine:

    With gasoline prices remaining low (providing a huge windfall to U.S. consumers), confidence sky-high and the buoyancy in labor market activity likely to bolster household income, we expect consumer spending activity to rebound strongly in the coming months.

  4. Stefan Worrall:

    The market's initial reaction to the GDP data was a slight strengthening of the yen, japanese policy makers could really use a sense of crisis to help justify ramping up fiscal stimulus or pushing out the VAT (sales tax) hike and a stronger GDP figure seems to undermine that narrative, though there is also some buoyancy from stronger U.S. inflation and increased expectations for Fed rate hikes.

  5. Bob Barker:

    Usually what happens when a vessel is sinking is the master will ensure all compartments and hatches are shut so as to maintain buoyancy, on the Thunder, all the hatches had been opened, including the hatch leading to the fish hold.

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  • vztlakCzech
  • opdriftDanish
  • Auftrieb, Fröhlichkeit, BelastbarkeitGerman
  • άνωση, άντωσηGreek
  • sustentación hidráulica, optimismo, flotabilidad, impulsoSpanish
  • noste, hilpeys, palautuvuus, kelluvuus, nostovoimaFinnish
  • flottabilité, poussée d'ArchimèdeFrench
  • buacachtIrish
  • so-lhoobaghtManx
  • felhajtó erőHungarian
  • buoyancia, anosa, antosaLatin
  • oppdriftNorwegian
  • drijfvermogen, vrolijkheid, opwaartse kracht, hilariteitDutch
  • oppdriftNorwegian Nynorsk
  • impulsão, empuxoPortuguese
  • flotabilitateRomanian
  • оптимизм, выталкивающая сила, позитивный настрой, подъёмная сила, жизнерадостность, плавучестьRussian
  • plovnostSerbo-Croatian

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    weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health
    • A. valetudinarian
    • B. motile
    • C. irascible
    • D. splay

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