4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Buoy \Buoy\ (bwoi or boi; 277), noun [D. boei buoy, fetter, fr. OF. boie, buie, chain, fetter, F. bou['e]e a buoy, from L. boia. "Boiae genus vinculorum tam ferreae quam ligneae." --Festus. So called because chained to its place.] (Naut.) 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.

{Anchor buoy}, a buoy attached to, or marking the position of, an anchor.

{Bell buoy}, a large buoy on which a bell is mounted, to be rung by the motion of the waves.

{Breeches buoy}. See under {Breeches}.

{Cable buoy}, an empty cask employed to buoy up the cable in rocky anchorage.

{Can buoy}, a hollow buoy made of sheet or boiler iron, usually conical or pear-shaped.

{Life buoy}, a float intended to support persons who have fallen into the water, until a boat can be dispatched to save them.

{Nut buoy} or {Nun buoy}, a buoy large in the middle, and tapering nearly to a point at each end.

{To stream the buoy}, to let the anchor buoy fall by the ship's side into the water, before letting go the anchor.

{Whistling buoy}, a buoy fitted with a whistle that is blown by the action of the waves.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Buoy \Buoy\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Buoyed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Buoying}.]

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

2. To support or sustain; to preserve from sinking into ruin or despondency.

Those old prejudices, which buoy up the ponderous mass of his nobility, wealth, and title. --Burke.

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

Not one rock near the surface was discovered which was not buoyed by this floating weed. --Darwin.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Buoy \Buoy\, verb (used without an object) To float; to rise like a buoy. "Rising merit will buoy up at last." --Pope.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



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


1: float on the surface of water

2: keep afloat; "The life vest buoyed him up" [syn: {buoy}, {buoy up}]

3: mark with a buoy

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