I. noun Etymology: Middle English boye, probably from Middle Dutch boeye; akin to Old High German bouhhan sign — more at beacon Date: 13th century 1. float 2; especially a floating object moored to the bottom to mark a channel or something (as a shoal) lying under the water 2. life buoy II. verb Date: 1596 transitive verb 1. to mark by or as if by a buoy 2. a. to keep afloat b. support, uplift <
an economy buoyed by the dramatic postwar growth of industry — Time
3. to raise the spirits of — usually used with up <
hope buoys him up
intransitive verb float — usually used with up

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(to indicate shoals, anchoring-places, etc.)

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