Adjective "buoy" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An anchored float serving as a navigation mark, to show reefs or other hazards, or for mooring.
  1. 'At Carval Rock we tie off to a mooring buoy bolted into the reef at 15m.'
  2. 'The wreck is marked by a buoy attached to a big concrete mooring block off the stern.'
  3. 'Newry and Mourne Council are providing necessary navigation buoys in the Clanrye River estuary from Narrow Water to the Victoria.'
  4. 'Accumulations of zebra mussels clog municipal water systems, and have even been known to sink navigational buoys by their combined weight alone.'
  5. 'Nine fixed navigation aids and five buoys are scheduled to replace them by mid 2004.'
  6. 'The thief had apparently let the stern anchor go and had marked it with a buoy, giving the impression that the boat would be back shortly.'
  7. 'At the same time, a mooring buoy design competition, with cash awards, was held in the villages of the park.'
  8. 'The association is in the planning stages of setting up mooring buoys at the more visited sites like Pantai Merah, Padar Island, and Cannibal Rock.'
  9. 'Offshore, there are a host of marine navigation aids such as floating and fixed buoys and lighthouses - each with special icons so you can identify them easily.'
  10. 'Permanent mooring buoys are provided at all diving sites, and these are colour-coded to denote whether they are for use by local dive schools or by private boats.'


Keep (someone or something) afloat.
  1. 'Owls hooted in the trees as the tide on Boston Harbor buoyed a fleet of small rowboats toward Cambridge Shore.'
  2. 'They are then put on boats and rowed out on to the lake, anchored with rocks and buoyed up by plastic pop bottles, which act as floats.'
  3. 'We suddenly noticed he was missing and ran around looking for him, before looking out to sea and seeing him floating, buoyed up by the air in his nappy.'
  4. 'Spaced almost evenly a foot or so from one another, dozens upon dozens of the three-inch-long frogs float with their legs extended, hind legs buoyed apart, and snouts above water.'
  5. 'They all watch in fear and fascination as Cal soars for a miraculous moment more, buoyed on the wind's strong shoulder.'
  6. 'Some described false confidence as the ultimate fair-weather friend, buoying you when times are good and deserting you when they're bad.'
  7. 'The tidal wave of marchers which swept through the streets in a never-ending flow, whistled, drummed and chanted its way around the city, buoyed up by a seemingly endless supply of good humour.'
  8. 'Peter swelled with pride at her assessment of his manners, buoyed up by the thought of her approval and happiness.'
  9. 'She thinks they must be restaurant reviews and this buoys her spirits since she imagines it must mean the food is good.'
  10. 'The United States won a significant victory and, buoyed up by a public opinion that seems to hear no evil and see no evil, looks determined to press on and try and score others.'
  11. 'Jestine, who was a teacher herself long ago, was all buoyed up on seeing the kids.'
  12. 'For today's leaders buoyed up by the passing cloud of rhetoric, its literary strength makes it likely its findings will be quoted for many years to come.'
  13. 'Despite the increased friction between the two sides, morale among IT staff remains high, with striking workers buoyed by messages of support from council colleagues and members of the public.'
  14. 'She is raring to go at the moment, buoyed up by her unexpected win in the Snack-a-Jacks sponsored competition, but admits that maintaining her interest could be a problem.'
  15. 'But he warmed to his subject, and was clearly buoyed up by the crowd's enthusiasm.'
  16. 'shares were up 4p, buoyed by his cut-and-thrust management style'
  17. 'Reports earlier this week showed jobless claims dropped and manufacturing rose, buoying the dollar.'
  18. 'Stocks spent most of the day in positive territory, buoyed in part by the University of Michigan's report showing consumer confidence rose in March to 95.8 from 94.4 in February.'
  19. 'A&L's share price anyway seems to have been buoyed up by the prospect of predators in the wings, when it becomes prey at the end of the month.'
  20. 'A slightly revised model has just gone on sale, which should help to buoy sales as the year progresses.'
  21. 'When the economy began the descent into recession in the late 1980s, property prices continued to rise, buoyed by an interest rate cut designed to revive the economy in the wake of the 1987 stock market plunge.'
  22. 'Much of the bond rally now is built on exaggerated fears of deflation and unrealistic hopes that the Fed will buoy the market by buying bonds.'
  23. 'Sales of new higher-margin models, including the $128,000 Turbo convertible and $93,000 Carrera 4S convertible, are buoying sales and profits.'
  24. 'With equity withdrawal accounting for 50% of the growth in consumption, these flows have helped significantly to buoy the economy.'
  25. 'Overseas, bull runs in Asia have buoyed foreign stock funds.'
  26. 'This obviously buoys the market in good times and smooths its falls in recessions.'
Mark with an anchored float.
  1. 'You'll never see more than one dive boat on any site and they're all buoyed.'
  2. 'The harbour authority incurred expense in lighting and buoying the wreck which it sought to recover from the defendants.'
  3. 'The area was heavily netted, buoyed and mined and constantly being patrolled.'

More definitions

1. Nautical. a distinctively shaped and marked float, sometimes carrying a signal or signals, anchored to mark a channel, anchorage, navigational hazard, etc., or to provide a mooring place away from the shore.

2. a life buoy. verb (used with object)

3. to keep afloat or support by or as if by a life buoy; keep from sinking (often followed by up): The life jacket buoyed her up until help arrived.

4. Nautical. to mark with a buoy or buoys.

5. to sustain or encourage (often follo

More examples(as adjective)

"stocks can be buoy by rebounds."

"stocks can be buoy by places."

"plans can be buoy."

"wheats can be buoy."

"stocks can be buoy."

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Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch boye, boeie, from a Germanic base meaning ‘signal’. The verb is from Spanish boyar ‘to float’, from boya ‘buoy’.