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buoy


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Buoy  \Buoy\,  v.  i. 
  To  float;  to  rise  like  a  buoy.  ``Rising  merit  will  buoy  up  at 
  last.''  --Pope. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Buoy  \Buoy\,  n.  [D.  boei  buoy,  fetter,  fr  OF  boie,  buie, 
  chain,  fetter,  F.  bou['e]e  a  buoy,  from  L.  boia.  ``Boiae 
  genus  vinculorum  tam  ferreae  quam  ligneae.''  --Festus.  So 
  called  because  chained  to  its  place.]  (Naut.) 
  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 
 
  {Anchor  buoy},  a  buoy  attached  to  or  marking  the  position 
  of  an  anchor. 
 
  {Bell  buoy},  a  large  buoy  on  which  a  bell  is  mounted,  to  be 
  rung  by  the  motion  of  the  waves. 
 
  {Breeches  buoy}.  See  under  {Breeches}. 
 
  {Cable  buoy},  an  empty  cask  employed  to  buoy  up  the  cable  in 
  rocky  anchorage. 
 
  {Can  buoy},  a  hollow  buoy  made  of  sheet  or  boiler  iron, 
  usually  conical  or  pear-shaped. 
 
  {Life  buoy},  a  float  intended  to  support  persons  who  have 
  fallen  into  the  water,  until  a  boat  can  be  dispatched  to 
  save  them 
 
  {Nut}  or  {Nun  buoy},  a  buoy  large  in  the  middle,  and  tapering 
  nearly  to  a  point  at  each  end 
 
  {To  stream  the  buoy},  to  let  the  anchor  buoy  fall  by  the 
  ship's  side  into  the  water,  before  letting  go  the  anchor. 
 
 
  {Whistling  buoy},  a  buoy  fitted  with  a  whistle  that  is  blown 
  by  the  action  of  the  waves. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Buoy  \Buoy\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Buoyed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Buoying}.] 
  1.  To  keep  from  sinking  in  a  fluid,  as  in  water  or  air;  to 
  keep  afloat;  --  with  up 
 
  2.  To  support  or  sustain;  to  preserve  from  sinking  into  ruin 
  or  despondency. 
 
  Those  old  prejudices,  which  buoy  up  the  ponderous 
  mass  of  his  nobility,  wealth,  and  title.  --Burke. 
 
  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. 
 
  Not  one  rock  near  the  surface  was  discovered  which 
  was  not  buoyed  by  this  floating  weed.  --Darwin. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  buoy 
  n  :  bright-colored;  a  float  attached  by  rope  to  the  seabed  to 
  mark  channels  in  a  harbor  or  underwater  hazards 
  v  1:  float  on  the  surface  of  water 
  2:  keep  afloat:  "The  life  vest  buoyed  him  up"  [syn:  {buoy  up}] 
  3:  mark  with  a  buoy 




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