buoyancy


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buoy·an·cy

 (boi′ən-sē, bo͞o′yən-)
n.
1.
a. The tendency or capacity to remain afloat in a liquid or rise in air or gas.
b. The upward force that a fluid exerts on an object less dense than itself.
2. Ability to recover quickly from setbacks; resilience.
3. Lightness of spirit; cheerfulness.

buoyancy

(ˈbɔɪənsɪ)
n
1. the ability to float in a liquid or to rise in a fluid
2. (General Physics) the property of a fluid to exert an upward force (upthrust) on a body that is wholly or partly submerged in it
3. the ability to recover quickly after setbacks; resilience
4. cheerfulness

buoy•an•cy

(ˈbɔɪ ən si, ˈbu yən si)

also buoy′ance,



n.
1. the power to float or rise in a fluid; relative lightness.
2. the power of supporting a body so that it floats; upward pressure exerted by the fluid in which a body is immersed.
3. lightness of spirit.
[1705–15]

buoy·an·cy

(boi′ən-sē)
The upward force that a fluid exerts on an object that is less dense than itself. Buoyancy allows a boat to float on water.

buoyancy

The upthrust (upward force) on a body placed in a fluid.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buoyancy - cheerfulness that bubbles to the surface
blitheness, cheerfulness - a feeling of spontaneous good spirits; "his cheerfulness made everyone feel better"
2.buoyancy - the property of something weightless and insubstantialbuoyancy - the property of something weightless and insubstantial
weightlessness, lightness - the property of being comparatively small in weight; "the lightness of balsa wood"
3.buoyancy - the tendency to float in water or other liquid
tendency, inclination - a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect; "the alkaline inclination of the local waters"; "fabric with a tendency to shrink"
4.buoyancy - irrepressible liveliness and good spirit; "I admired his buoyancy and persistent good humor"
sprightliness, liveliness, spirit, life - animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"

buoyancy

noun
1. floatability, lightness, weightlessness Air can be pumped into the diving suit to increase buoyancy.
2. cheerfulness, bounce (informal), pep, animation, good humour, high spirits, zing (informal), liveliness, spiritedness, cheeriness, sunniness a mood of buoyancy and optimism
3. expansion, development, strength, mushrooming, economic growth The slump will be followed by a period of buoyancy.

buoyancy

noun
The ability to recover quickly from depression or discouragement:
Translations
طَفَوِيَّه: قابِلِيَّةُ الطَّفو
schopnost ploutvznosnostvztlak
opdriftflydeevne
noste
felhajtóerõ
flothæfni
opwaartse kracht
schopnosť plávaťvztlak
yüzebilme

buoyancy

[ˈbɔɪənsɪ] N
1. (Phys) [of ship, object] → capacidad f para flotar, flotabilidad f; [of liquid] → sustentación f hidraúlica (Aer) → fuerza f ascensional
2. (fig) → optimismo m
3. (Fin) [of market, prices] → tendencia f al alza

buoyancy

[ˈbɔɪənsi] n
[ship] → flottabilité f
[mood] → entrain m
[market] → fermeté f

buoyancy

n
(of ship, object)Schwimmfähigkeit f; (of liquid)Auftrieb m; buoyancy aidSchwimmhilfe f; (for canoeing) → Kajakweste f
(fig: = cheerfulness) → Schwung m, → Elan m
(Fin: of market, prices) → Festigkeit f; (= resilience)Erholungsfähigkeit f

buoyancy

[ˈbɔɪənsɪ] n (Phys) → galleggiamento; (of ship, object) → galleggiabilità (fig) (of person) → ottimismo

buoy

(boi) , ((American) ˈbu:i) noun
a floating anchored mark, acting as a guide, warning or mooring point for boats.

see also lifebuoy.
ˈbuoyancy noun
the ability to float on water or in the air. the buoyancy of a balloon.
ˈbuoyant adjective
References in classic literature ?
The rider's breezy hair and erect attitude, there was a suggestion of suddenly arrested motion, of strength, courage, and youthful buoyancy that contrasted sharply with the supine grace of the `DOLCE FAR NIENTE' sketch.
It is worse; for you cannot sit motionless in the heart of these perils, because the boat is rocking like a cradle, and you are pitched one way and the other, without the slightest warning; and only by a certain self-adjusting buoyancy and simultaneousness of volition and action, can you escape being made a Mazeppa of, and run away with where the all-seeing sun himself could never pierce you out.
Usually the dead Sperm Whale floats with great buoyancy, with its side or belly considerably elevated above the surface.
She had noted the slight, dry cough, the daily brightening cheek; nor could the lustre of the eye, and the airy buoyancy born of fever, deceive her.
They dispersed about the room, reminding me, by the lightness and buoyancy of their movements, of a flock of white plumy birds.
The medium of buoyancy is contained within the thin metal walls of the body and consists of the eighth Barsoomian ray, or ray of propulsion, as it may be termed in view of its properties.
Quincey wrote me a line too, and from him I hear that Arthur is beginning to recover something of his old buoyancy, so as to them all my mind is at rest.
With his natural buoyancy of spirits, he began to hope again.
The buoyancy of his gait, the elasticity of his step, and the hilarity of his countenance, showed that he anticipated, with chuckling satisfaction, the surprise he was about to give those who had ejected him from their society in rags.
I have known a man who turned out to have a metaphysical genius, incautiously, in the period of youthful buoyancy, commence his career as a dancing- master; and you may imagine the use that was made of this initial mistake by opponents who felt themselves bound to warn the public against his doctrine of the Inconceivable.
Habit, and the buoyancy of youth, seemed to be getting the ascendency over the secret causes of his uneasiness; though there were moments when the same remarkable expression of disgust would cross his intercourse with Marmaduke, that had distinguished their conversations in the first days of their acquaintance.
Well," he said--not very pleasantly, "I am none the less glad to find that you retain your old independence of spirit, as well as your buoyancy.