Bell 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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  • bell buoy — noun a buoy with a bell on it • Syn: ↑gong buoy • Hypernyms: ↑acoustic buoy * * * noun : a buoy with a bell that rings by the action of the waves and usually marks a shoal or rocks * * * Naut. a buoy having a bell that is rung by the motion of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bell buoy — bell′ bu oy n. naut. navig. a buoy having a bell that is rung by the motion of the buoy • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • bell buoy — Naut. a buoy having a bell that is rung by the motion of the buoy. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • bell buoy — noun Date: 1838 a buoy with a bell rung by the action of the waves …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bell buoy — a buoy equipped with a bell that sounds out with wave action …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • bell buoy — noun A buoy on which is mounted a bell with four clappers, hung inside an iron cage, which is rung by the motion of the waves …   Wiktionary

  • bell buoy — /ˈbɛl bɔɪ/ (say bel boy) noun a buoy containing a bell which is rung by the action of the waves …   Australian English dictionary

  • The Bell Buoy — is a poem by Rudyard Kipling. It was first published with illustrations in Saturday Review, Christmas Supplement 1896 and then published in McClure s Magazine in February 1897 as “The Bell Buoy”, with illustrations by Oliver Herford.Some changes… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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