Nun buoy
Buoy Buoy (bwoi or boi; 277), 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. [1913 Webster]

{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 buoy} 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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Nun buoy — nun un (n[u^]n), n. [OE. nunne, AS. nunne, fr. L. nonna nun, nonnus monk; cf. Gr. ?, ?; of unknown origin. Cf. {Nunnery}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A woman devoted to a religious life, who lives in a convent, under the three vows of poverty, chastity,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nun buoy — a buoy tapered at each end; a red nun buoy indicates the starboard side of the channel when moving upstream from the sea …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • nun buoy — /nun/ a conical, unlighted buoy used as a channel marker, esp. on the starboard side of a channel entering from seaward. Cf. can buoy. See illus. under buoy. [1695 1705; obs. nun spinning top + BUOY] * * * …   Universalium

  • nun buoy — nun′ bu oy [[t]nʌn[/t]] n. navig. an unlighted buoy having a conical form above water • Etymology: 1695–1705; obs. nun spinning top …   From formal English to slang

  • nun buoy — noun a buoy resembling a cone • Syn: ↑conical buoy, ↑nun • Hypernyms: ↑buoy …   Useful english dictionary

  • nun-buoy — n. a buoy circular in the middle and tapering to each end. Etymology: obs. nun child s top + BUOY …   Useful english dictionary

  • Buoy — (bwoi or boi; 277), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nun — un (n[u^]n), n. [OE. nunne, AS. nunne, fr. L. nonna nun, nonnus monk; cf. Gr. ?, ?; of unknown origin. Cf. {Nunnery}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A woman devoted to a religious life, who lives in a convent, under the three vows of poverty, chastity, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buoy — 1. noun a mooring buoy Syn: float, marker; bellbuoy, nun buoy, sonobuoy 2. verb the party was buoyed by an election victory Syn: cheer, cheer up, hearten, rally, invigorate, uplift, lift, encourage, stimu …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • buoy — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. float; marker; bellbuoy, lifebuoy. See navigation, indication. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. float, drift, floating marker; see float 1 . Types of buoys include: bell, can, life, nun, light, whistling. III… …   English dictionary for students

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