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Meaning of BUOY

Pronunciation:  'booee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  bright-colored; a float attached by rope to the seabed to mark channels in a harbor or underwater hazards
  2. [v]  mark with a buoy
  3. [v]  keep afloat; "The life vest buoyed him up"
  4. [v]  float on the surface of water

BUOY is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: buoy up
 See Also: acoustic buoy, can, can buoy, conical buoy, float, hold, hold up, mark, nun, nun buoy, point of reference, reference, reference point, spar buoy, support, sustain, swim



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Buoy\, n. [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} 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.
  2. \Buoy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Buoyed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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.
  3. \Buoy\, v. i.
    To float; to rise like a buoy. ``Rising merit will buoy up at
    last.'' --Pope.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of a buoy, represents your ability to hold your head up even amidst your emotional distress. It may also indicate a renewed state of mind and emotional calm. Alternatively, it suggests that some of your repressed thoughts or unconscious material has come to the surface and made itself known.
Thesaurus Terms
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