Buoyant Buoy"ant, a. [From {Buoy}, v. t. & i.] 1. Having the quality of rising or floating in a fluid; tending to rise or float; as, iron is buoyant in mercury. ``Buoyant on the flood.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Bearing up, as a fluid; sustaining another body by being specifically heavier. [1913 Webster]

The water under me was buoyant. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Light-hearted; vivacious; cheerful; as, a buoyant disposition; buoyant spirits. -- {Buoy"ant*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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