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Buoy meaning

buoy - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. To support or sustain; to preserve from sinking into ruin or despondency.
  3. 3. To fix buoys to; to mark by a buoy or by buoys; as, to buoy an anchor; to buoy or buoy off a channel.
  4. 4. To float; to rise like a buoy.
  5. 5. To keep from sinking in a fluid, as in water or air; to keep afloat; - with up.
  6. 6. A cask or watertight vessel which floats on the water to mark the situation of something below.
  7. 7. To keep afloat; sustain.

buoy - examples of usage

  1. There was a life- buoy within a yard of him, and the people on the steamer were calling to him to lay hold of it; but he had never touched one of these things, and he preferred to trust to himself, heavy as he felt his boots to be. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
  2. I require ten ground lines and a line for a buoy rope. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  3. Miss N. immediately plunged in to his rescue, and brought him in safety to a life- buoy that was thrown from the pier. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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