Adjective "buoyant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Able or tending to keep afloat or rise to the top of a liquid or gas.
  1. 'The Animal Freeing Bridge, Knowledge and Plant Garden, Stone-plate Street, deep lanes, and buoyant boats combine to offer a poetic and harmonious visitor experience.'
  2. 'The fertilised eggs are slightly buoyant and rise towards the surface where they drift for around 12 days before hatching.'
  3. 'They are bulkier than steel, but as the gas they contain depletes they become buoyant, causing the base to rise behind the diver and ensuring that there is no downward drag.'
  4. 'Cartilaginous skeletons are lighter than bone and help sharks to remain neutrally buoyant (able to float without sinking or rising).'
  5. 'The most buoyant body parts rise first, leaving the head and limbs to drag behind the chest and abdomen.'
  6. 'Four other people and I have to do this project for our big group, which was to make a buoyant ship out of paper.'
  7. 'The models were dragged through a viscous liquid seeded with neutrally buoyant reflective particles.'
  8. 'The liquid keeps them totally buoyant and, with no light, sound or other sensation to distract them, the body and mind soon enter a deep state of relaxation.'
  9. 'I'm told at my size I should be buoyant, but although I did try to swim I was terrified.'
  10. 'Large-finned, negatively buoyant squid soar like eagles in rising currents, but lose control in currents above one body length per second.'
  11. 'The buoyant gases escaped through the silk fabric's weave.'
  12. 'Since the demise of the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg, helium was in big demand as the buoyant gas for airships.'
  13. 'It is hard enough to imagine the size of whales, and they live today and in the buoyant water.'
  14. 'The cirrus was filtering the sunlight, the air was buoyant and the thermals were as smooth as could be.'
  15. 'The heat of the igneous body initiates convection of the water, which is heated as it is drawn into the body and carries heat away after it becomes warm and buoyant, only to be replaced by cooler water drawn in from the sides.'
  16. 'It's a final glide to goal with final speeds at over 60 mph in buoyant smooth air.'
  17. 'There was buoyant air and I got to even climb a bit from 700'.'
  18. 'The tank is filled with about 10 inches of a buoyant Epsom salts water solution heated to body temperature.'
  19. 'Since it was the first day I wanted to get a brief feel for the air here, especially after all that wonderfully buoyant smooth stuff in Wisconsin, so I set the task as the 50 km triangle.'
  20. 'We can even float, sustained by the water's buoyant push.'
Cheerful and optimistic.
  1. 'Further cause for optimism: the buoyant mood of attendees at a home-builder convention Brozak recently attended.'
  2. 'Paul was vital, and sparkling, and buoyant, and cheerful, hopeful, courageous.'
  3. 'Senior figures in the film industry last night gave qualified backing to McKidd's view, agreeing that an overly buoyant mood may have led to bad decisions.'
  4. 'He had a care-free manner, always in buoyant mood, and was good company at any time.'
  5. 'Liberal Democrats were in buoyant mood this week, leaner, hungrier and more convinced than ever that their party's long history of false dawns could soon be over.'
  6. 'And judging by the buoyant mood of the cheerful crowds swirling all over the city centre, and day after day of packed events, they were succeeding.'
  7. 'She smiled brightly, her own buoyant optimism coming to the surface again.'
  8. 'The meeting of Abbeyside and Shamrocks is equally difficult to call, although Shamrocks will go into the game in buoyant mood following their impressive victory over Dungarvan last time out.'
  9. 'I returned from Southern California Tuesday evening in a buoyant mood, sated in the senses after two weeks amongst three small grandboys and one teenaged granddaughter.'
  10. 'He was in a buoyant mood; he had just been told that two insurgents had been blown up and killed while trying to set a roadside bomb.'
(of an economy, business, or market) involving or engaged in much successful trade or activity.
  1. 'The aim is to make the process as smooth as possible and help increase the succession rate for buoyant businesses.'
  2. 'He points out that even in last year's buoyant market 5000 repossession actions were lodged in Scottish courts, and he is very fearful of what might happen if prices crash.'
  3. 'The group said that despite higher volumes, the Republic of Ireland's trading profits were broadly flat in a pretty buoyant market.'
  4. 'The central bank warned earlier this year that a sudden end to the country's property boom posed one of the most serious risks to the country's buoyant economy and jobs market.'
  5. 'The talked-about flotation of the Irish business in a buoyant market remains one possibility for 2001.'
  6. 'The result: a buoyant business market for PCs, even as corporates and consumers buy into non-PC platforms.'
  7. 'The last number of years has seen significant cost inflation, and in a rising and buoyant economy, businesses were able to pass on such cost increases to customers.'
  8. 'This has had an almost immediate impact on consumer confidence and in expectations of buoyant Christmas sales.'
  9. 'Director Keith Hollinrake said that while the market had quietened down after last year's dramatic price rises, it was still buoyant, with demand increasing slightly again in the last three months.'
  10. 'The property market in Budapest was extremely buoyant and house prices rose dramatically in the immediate aftermath of the transition to multi-party democracy in 1989.'


1. tending to float in a fluid.

2. capable of keeping a body afloat, as a liquid.

3. not easily depressed; cheerful.

4. cheering or invigorating.

More examples(as adjective)

"dollars can be buoyant against marks."

"shares can be buoyant in/at/on weeks."

"shares can be buoyant over lasts."

"dollars can be buoyant against francs."

"trades can be buoyant on dates."

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Late 16th century: from French bouyant or Spanish boyante, present participle of boyar ‘to float’ (see buoy).