Can 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]


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  • Can buoy — See under {Buoy}, n. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • can buoy — noun a buoy with a round bottom and conical top • Syn: ↑can • Hypernyms: ↑buoy * * * noun : a truncated buoy having a flat top see buoy illustration * * * a cylindrical, unlighted buoy used as a channel marker. See illus. under buoy. Cf …   Useful english dictionary

  • can buoy — can′ bu oy n. naut. navig. a cylindrical, unlighted buoy used as a channel marker • Etymology: 1620–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • can buoy — a cylindrical, unlighted buoy used as a channel marker. See illus. under buoy. Cf. nun buoy. [1620 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • can buoy — noun a truncated conical buoy, normally painted red and white, and numbered with even numbers, used to show the port side of a channel; the starboard side is marked with a conical buoy …   Wiktionary

  • can-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

  • buoy — [bo͞o′ē; ] also, and for v. 3 usually [, boi] n. [ME < (? via MDu boeie) OFr buie, chain < L boia, fetter (see BOY): prob. first applied to the chain anchoring the float] 1. a) a floating object anchored in a lake, river, etc. to mark a… …   English World dictionary

  • buoy´ant|ly — buoy|ant «BOY uhnt, BOO yuhnt», adjective. 1. able to float: »Wood and cork are buoyant; iron and lead are not. 2. able to keep things afloat: »Balloons can float because air is buoyant. 3. tending to rise: »Figurative. buoyant hopes, a buoyant… …   Useful english dictionary

  • buoy|ant — «BOY uhnt, BOO yuhnt», adjective. 1. able to float: »Wood and cork are buoyant; iron and lead are not. 2. able to keep things afloat: »Balloons can float because air is buoyant. 3. tending to rise: »Figurative. buoyant hopes, a buoyant stock… …   Useful english dictionary

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