buoy

Definitions

  • Refilling Pintsch Gas Buoy
    Refilling Pintsch Gas Buoy
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v buoy mark with a buoy
    • v buoy keep afloat "The life vest buoyed him up"
    • v buoy float on the surface of water
    • n buoy bright-colored; a float attached by rope to the seabed to mark channels in a harbor or underwater hazards
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lighthouse Tender Approaching Buoy Lighthouse Tender Approaching Buoy
Breeches-Buoy Drill Breeches-Buoy Drill
Breeches-Buoy Drill. Rescuing Survivors Breeches-Buoy Drill. Rescuing Survivors
"MY MISERY IS DEEP BUT I AM BUOYED UP BY ONE GREAT HOPE" "MY MISERY IS DEEP BUT I AM BUOYED UP BY ONE GREAT HOPE"
And Tom sat upon the buoy long days And Tom sat upon the buoy long days

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Buoy bwoi or boi (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.
    • Buoy 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."
    • v. i Buoy To float; to rise like a buoy. "Rising merit will buoy up at last."
    • Buoy To keep from sinking in a fluid, as in water or air; to keep afloat; -- with up.
    • Buoy 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n buoy A float fixed at a certain place to show the position of objects beneath the water, as shoals, rocks, etc., to mark out a channel, and the like Buoys are of various shapes and kinds, according to the purposes they are intended to serve: as, can-buoys, made of sheet-iron in the form of the frustum of a cone; spar-buoys, made of a spar, which is anchored by one end; bell-buoys, surmounted by a bell, which is made to sound by the action of the waves; whistling-buoys, fitted with an apparatus by which air compressed by the movement of the waves is made to escape through a whistle, and thus indicate the situation of the buoy, etc. In the waters of the United States the following system of placing buoys as aids to navigation is prescribed by law: Red buoys mark the starboard or right-hand side of the channel coming from seaward, and black the port or left-hand side; mid-channel dangers and obstructions are marked with buoys having black and red transverse stripes, and mid-channel buoys marking the fairway have longitudinal black and white stripes; buoys marking sunken wrecks are painted green. The starboard and port buoys are numbered from the seaward end of the channel, the black bearing the odd and the red the even numbers.
    • n buoy A buoyant object designed to be thrown from a vessel to assist a person who has fallen into the water to keep himself afloat; a life-buoy. The life-buoy now in common use in the United States navy consists of two hollow copper vessels, connected by a framework and having between them an upright pole, weighted at the bottom and surmounted by a brass box containing a port-fire. This machine is hung over the stern of the vessel, and can be dropped by means of a trigger. At night the burning of the port-fire serves to point out its position. See also cut under breeches-buoy.
    • buoy To support by a buoy or as by a buoy; keep afloat in a fluid; bear up or keep from sinking in a fluid, as in water or air: generally with up.
    • buoy Figuratively, to support or sustain in any sense; especially, to sustain mentally; keep from falling into despondency or discouragement: generally with up.
    • buoy To fix buoys in as a direction to mariners: as, to buoy or to buoy off a channel.
    • buoy To float; rise by reason of lightness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Buoy boi 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 Buoy to fix buoys or marks: to keep afloat, bear up, or sustain: to raise the spirits
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. boei, buoy, fetter, fr. OF. boie, buie, chain, fetter, F. bouée, a buoy, from L. boia,. “Boiae, genus vinculorum tam ferreae quam ligneae.” Festus. So called because chained to its place

Usage

In literature:

Let go the life-buoys!
"Outward Bound" by Oliver Optic
It was a little wicker cradle, enveloped in a woolen cloth, and strongly tied to a buoy.
"The Waif of the "Cynthia"" by André Laurie and Jules Verne
In January, 1851, some buoys were sent to Port Albert and laid down in the channel.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
They stopped alongside a little white buoy which floated on the water.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
These buoys, when inflated and working in pairs, had a lifting capacity of 30 tons a pair.
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
The life-buoy was immediately let go, and the main-topsail laid to the mast.
"The Lieutenant and Commander" by Basil Hall
The warps or buoy lines, by which the traps were lowered and hauled, were cut in 12-fathom lengths.
"The Lobster Fishery of Maine." by John N. Cobb
Thousands of lighthouses, light-ships, and light-buoys are scattered along sea-coasts, rivers, and channels.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
The buoy floated back and forth in the shallow water.
"Fifty Famous Stories Retold" by James Baldwin
Then he stood upright and pulled the buoy on board.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
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In poetry:

Tilting gulls whip whitely far
Over the lake,
Tirelessly on o'er buoy and spar
Till they o'ertake
"Storm-Ebb" by Cale Young Rice
In the eastern sky up-buoying,
The sorrowful vast phantom moves illumin'd;
('Tis some mother's large, transparent face,
In heaven brighter growing.)
"Dirge For Two Veterans" by Walt Whitman
Joy came on the wings of a jocund lay,
And sorrow in harmony passed away;
And the sunny hours of tideless time
Were buoyed on the surges of rolling rhyme.
"The Poet And The Muse" by Alfred Austin
I said to a girl - "You must swim for your life
Or hang on to a buoy, if you can."
She looked at me coy, and said, "You're not a boy,
Get out, you're a dirty old man!"
"The Sailor's Farewell To His Horse." by Billy Bennett
Then Hill essay'd; scarce vanish'd out of sight,
He buoys up instant, and returns to light:
He bears no token of the sable streams,
And mounts far off among the swans of Thames.
"The Dunciad: Book II." by Alexander Pope
All,— but the clingers to some sinking boat
Lost in the fog, or on that raft — Despair;
One — only one of seventy! — lingereth there,
While buoy'd around him upturn'd corpses float!
"The Lost Arctic " by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

A&M Records spent much of the 1960s, '70s and '80s as one of the leading independent labels in the music business, buoyed by a remarkably consistent string of hits from superstar acts, beginning with label co-founder.
Lake Erie buoys missing.
The camp kids learned the same skills we would use as real lifeguards including Rescue Board training, Buoy Rescues and everything from patron surveillance to learning about daily hazards that could be encountered on the beach.
That said, yes, I listen to a lot of the music that's been created by my son and his band Akron/Family, and just this past year I've added his side project Dana Buoy to my listening rotation.
Anticipation of impending central bank policy actions buoyed financial markets in August.
Low interest rates buoy oil prices.
Casino Magnate 's $41.5 Million Picasso Buoys Sotheby's Choppy Sale.
They were inside the K-Buoy off the southwest corner of Lanai a couple of miles when they raised the fish.
The weekend box office was buoyed by a mix of pics ranging from hip to hip replacement.
Lake Erie buoys missing .
Canadian officials don’t know whether to blame superstorm Sandy or just ordinary weather, but three of the buoys used to gather Lake Erie data are missing .
WASHINGTON (AP) – US retail sales rose in July by the largest amount in five months, buoyed by more spending on autos, furniture and clothing.
Retail sales rose 0.3 percent last month in the US, buoyed by car sales and the effort to rebuild after superstorm Sandy.
Coast Guard retrieving buoys in Great Lakes in preparation for winter.
Offseason work buoys girls team.
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In science:

In the proposed scenario most of the cooling mass stays in the inner region r . 10 − 50 kpc of the CF cluster, as most bubbles do not buoy to large radii.
Feedback Heating with Slow Jets in Cooling Flow Clusters
This is the case in particular of the red blood cells (erythrocytes), whose skeleton is formed by filaments of spectrin bound to “buoys” formed by other proteins, like ankyrin and “protein 4.1”.
Amphiphilic Membranes
In most designs the spheres are attached to strings which - in the case of water detectors - are moored at the ground and held vertically by buoys.
Astrophysical Neutrino Telescopes
Almost as soon as the article appeared in print Sokal himself revealed the hoax in a further article published in Lingua Franca and, from that moment on, buoyed by the effect the Internet, his fame was made.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
For lower BHARs, we assume that feedback is in a so-called “radio-mode”, where AGN jets in flate hot, buoy antly rising bubbles in the surrounding ICM.
Simulations of AGN feedback in galaxy clusters and groups
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