What does BUOY mean?

BUOY meaning in General Dictionary

To float to increase like a buoy

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  • maintain from sinking in a fluid like in water or atmosphere maintain afloat with up
  • A float esp a floating object moored towards the base to mark a channel or even to explain the positioning of some thing beneath the water as an anchor shoal rock an such like
  • float on top of liquid
  • keep afloat
  • bright-colored; a float connected by line into seabed to mark networks in a harbor or underwater hazards
  • mark with a buoy
  • A float; esp. a floating item moored on bottom, to marku000du000a a station or even to point out the positioning of anything under the water,u000du000a as an anchor, shoal, stone, etc.
  • To keep from sinking in a fluid, such as water or environment; to keep afloat; -- with up.
  • to guide or sustain; to protect from sinking into spoil or despondency.
  • to correct buoys to; to mark by a buoy or by buoys; since, to buoy an anchor; to buoy or buoy off a channel.
  • To float; to rise like a buoy.

BUOY meaning in Law Dictionary

In maritime legislation. An item of wood or cork, or a barrel, raft, or other thing, made safe and floating upon a stream or bay, meant as helpful information and warning to mariners, by marking an area where the water is superficial, or in which there's a reef or any other danger to navigation, or to mark this course of a devious station.


BUOY meaning in Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., perhaps from either Old French buie or center Dutch boeye, both from western Germanic *baukna "beacon, signal" (see beacon). OED, but supports center Dutch boeie, or Old French boie "fetter, string" (see man), "because of the being fettered to an area."

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  • late 16c., "to mark with a buoy," from buoy (letter.). Indicating "rise up, raise, uphold" is from c.1600, maybe impacted by Spanish boyar "to float," eventually through the same source. When you look at the figurative feeling (of hopes, spirits, etc.) it is recorded from 1640s. Relevant: Buoyed; buoying.

BUOY meaning in Sports Dictionary

Floating markers which can be used to map the course regarding the competition. (recreation: Powerboat Racing)


BUOY meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A float; esp. a floating item moored to your bottom, to mark a channel or to explain the position of some thing beneath the liquid, as an anchor, shoal, rock, etc.

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  • (v. t.) To help keep from sinking in a fluid, as with liquid or air; to keep afloat; -- with up.
  • (v. t.) To guide or maintain; to preserve from sinking into spoil or despondency.
  • (v. t.) To correct buoys to; to mark by a buoy or by buoys; as, to buoy an anchor; to buoy or buoy off a channel.
  • (v. i.) To float; to go up like a buoy.

Sentence Examples with the word BUOY

They serve to buoy up the plant when attached to the sea-bottom, and thus light is admitted into the forest-like growths of the gregarious species.

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