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buoy

 (bo͞o′ē, boi)
n.
1. A float placed in water and usually moored, as to mark a location, enable retrieval of a sunken object, or record oceanographic data.
2. A life buoy.
tr.v. buoyed, buoy·ing, buoys
1. To keep afloat or aloft: a glider buoyed by air currents.
2.
a. To maintain at a high level; support: "the persistent ... takeover speculation, which has buoyed up the shares of banks" (Financial Times).
b. To hearten or inspire; uplift: "buoyed up by the team spirit and the pride of the older generation back at home" (Judith Martin).
3. To mark with or as if with a buoy.

[Middle English boie, from Old French boue, probably of Germanic origin; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

buoy

(bɔɪ; US ˈbuːɪ)
n
(Navigation) a distinctively shaped and coloured float, anchored to the bottom, for designating moorings, navigable channels, or obstructions in a body of water. See also life buoy
vb
1. (usually foll by: up) to prevent from sinking: the belt buoyed him up.
2. (usually foll by: up) to raise the spirits of; hearten
3. (Navigation) (tr) nautical to mark (a channel or obstruction) with a buoy or buoys
4. (intr) to rise to the surface
[C13: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch boeie, boeye; see beacon]

bu•oy

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(ˈbu i, bɔɪ)

n., v. -oyed, -oy•ing. n.
1. an anchored float used as a marker or as a mooring.
2. life buoy.
v.t.
3. to keep afloat; keep from sinking (often fol. by up).
4. to mark with buoys.
5. to sustain or encourage (often fol. by up): Her courage was buoyed by the doctor's assurances.
v.i.
6. to float or rise by reason of lightness.
[1425–75; late Middle English boye a float < Middle French *boie, boue(e) < Germanic]

buoy


Past participle: buoyed
Gerund: buoying

Imperative
buoy
buoy
Present
I buoy
you buoy
he/she/it buoys
we buoy
you buoy
they buoy
Preterite
I buoyed
you buoyed
he/she/it buoyed
we buoyed
you buoyed
they buoyed
Present Continuous
I am buoying
you are buoying
he/she/it is buoying
we are buoying
you are buoying
they are buoying
Present Perfect
I have buoyed
you have buoyed
he/she/it has buoyed
we have buoyed
you have buoyed
they have buoyed
Past Continuous
I was buoying
you were buoying
he/she/it was buoying
we were buoying
you were buoying
they were buoying
Past Perfect
I had buoyed
you had buoyed
he/she/it had buoyed
we had buoyed
you had buoyed
they had buoyed
Future
I will buoy
you will buoy
he/she/it will buoy
we will buoy
you will buoy
they will buoy
Future Perfect
I will have buoyed
you will have buoyed
he/she/it will have buoyed
we will have buoyed
you will have buoyed
they will have buoyed
Future Continuous
I will be buoying
you will be buoying
he/she/it will be buoying
we will be buoying
you will be buoying
they will be buoying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been buoying
you have been buoying
he/she/it has been buoying
we have been buoying
you have been buoying
they have been buoying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been buoying
you will have been buoying
he/she/it will have been buoying
we will have been buoying
you will have been buoying
they will have been buoying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been buoying
you had been buoying
he/she/it had been buoying
we had been buoying
you had been buoying
they had been buoying
Conditional
I would buoy
you would buoy
he/she/it would buoy
we would buoy
you would buoy
they would buoy
Past Conditional
I would have buoyed
you would have buoyed
he/she/it would have buoyed
we would have buoyed
you would have buoyed
they would have buoyed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buoy - bright-coloredbuoy - bright-colored; a float attached by rope to the seabed to mark channels in a harbor or underwater hazards
point of reference, reference point, reference - an indicator that orients you generally; "it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"
acoustic buoy - a buoy that can be heard (at night)
can buoy, can - a buoy with a round bottom and conical top
conical buoy, nun buoy, nun - a buoy resembling a cone
spar buoy - a buoy resembling a vertical log
Verb1.buoy - float on the surface of water
float, swim - be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
2.buoy - keep afloat; "The life vest buoyed him up"
hold up, support, sustain, hold - be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"
3.buoy - mark with a buoy
mark - designate as if by a mark; "This sign marks the border"

buoy

noun float, guide, signal, marker, beacon We released the buoy and drifted back on the tide.
buoy someone up encourage, support, boost, cheer, sustain, hearten, cheer up, keep afloat, gee up They are buoyed up by a sense of hope.

buoy

verb
1. To keep from yielding or failing during stress or difficulty.Also used with up:
2. To raise the spirits of.Also used with up:
Obsolete: exalt.
Translations
الطافِيَـه: عَوّامه لأرشاد السفنعَوّامَة للإِرْشاد
bóje
bøje
poiju
plovak
bója
bauja, dufl
ブイ
부표
besilaikantis paviršiujegalintis išlaikytilaikymasis ore/vandens paviršiujelengvai atsigaunantisplaukiantis paviršiuje
boja
bója
bojaplovec
boj
ทุ่น
phao

buoy

[bɔɪ] (US) [ˈbuːɪ]
A. Nboya f
B. VT [+ channel] → aboyar, señalar con boyas
buoy up VT + ADV (lit) [+ person, boat] → mantener a flote (fig) [+ spirits etc] → levantar; [+ person] → animar, alentar

buoy

[ˈbɔɪ ˈbuːi] nbouée f
buoy up
vt
(= keep afloat) → faire flotter
(= support) (fig)soutenir, épauler

buoy

nBoje f; to put down a buoyeine Boje verankern

buoy

[bɔɪ] nboa, gavitello
buoy up vt + adv (person, boat) → tenere a galla (fig) (spirits) → tener su; (hopes) → alimentare

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

buoy

عَوّامَة للإِرْشاد bóje bøje Boje σημαδούρα boya poiju bouée plovak boa ブイ 부표 boei bøye boja bóia буй boj ทุ่น şamandıra phao 浮标
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