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  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 Buøy — is an island and neighborhood ( delområde ) in the borough Hundvåg in Stavanger, Norway.The neighborhood has a population of 1,792, distributed on an area of 1,19 km². It consists of the islands Buøy, Engøy and Sølyst/Grasholmen.HistoryThe name… …

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  • 3 buoy — buoy·age; buoy·an·cy; buoy·ant; buoy·ant·ly; buoy·ant·ness; son·o·buoy; buoy; buoy·ance; …

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  • 4 Buoy — Buoy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Buoyed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Buoying}.] 1. To keep from sinking in a fluid, as in water or air; to keep afloat; with up. [1913 Webster] 2. To support or sustain; to preserve from sinking into ruin or despondency. [1913… …

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  • 5 Buoy — Buoy, v. i. To float; to rise like a buoy. Rising merit will buoy up at last. Pope. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 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… …

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  • 7 buoy — [bɔɪ ǁ ˈbuːi, bɔɪ] verb [transitive] if the market or prices are buoyed, people feel confident and buy stocks and shares, and prices rise: • In Britain, bond prices were buoyed by a rise in the pound. • The market was buoyed by gains in some… …

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  • 8 buoy — (n.) late 13c., perhaps from either O.Fr. buie or M.Du. boeye, both from W.Gmc. *baukn beacon (Cf. O.H.G. bouhhan, O.Fris. baken). OED, however, supports M.Du. boeie, or O.Fr. boie fetter, chain (see BOY (Cf. boy)), because of its being fettered… …

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  • 9 buoy — [n] floating device beacon, drift, float, guide, marker, signal; concept 628 buoy (up) [v] make light, encourage bolster, boost, buck up, cheer, cheer up, encourage, hearten, keep afloat, lift, prop, raise, support, sustain, uphold; concepts 7,22 …

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  • 10 buoy up — index assure (give confidence to), bear (support), bolster, reassure Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 11 buoy — ► NOUN ▪ an anchored float serving as a navigation mark or for mooring. ► VERB 1) keep afloat. 2) (often be buoyed up) cause to become or remain cheerful and confident. 3) cause (a price) to rise to or remain high. ORIGIN probably from Dutch boye …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 buoy|an|cy — «BOY uhn see, BOO yuhn », noun. 1. the power to float: »Wood has more buoyancy than iron. 2. the power to keep things afloat: »Salt water has greater buoyancy than fresh water. 3. a body s loss in weight when immersed in a liquid. 4. tendency to… …

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  • 13 Buoy — A buoy is a floating device that can have many different purposes, which determine whether the buoy is anchored (stationary) or allowed to drift. The word, of Old French or Middle Dutch origin, is nowadays most commonly pronEng|ˈbɔɪ (identical… …

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  • 14 buoy — I UK [bɔɪ] / US / US [ˈbuɪ] noun [countable] Word forms buoy : singular buoy plural buoys an object that floats on water to show ships where it is safe and where there is danger II = buoy up buoy UK [bɔɪ] / US / US [ˈbuɪ] or buoy up UK / US verb… …

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  • 15 buoy — /bɔɪ / (say boy) noun Nautical 1. a distinctively marked and shaped anchored float, sometimes carrying a light, whistle, or bell, marking a channel or obstruction. 2. → lifebuoy. –verb (t) 3. to support by or as by a buoy; keep afloat in a fluid …

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  • 16 buoy — Synonyms and related words: Carling float, Mae West, Roman candle, aid to navigation, alarm, amber light, balefire, balsa, balsa raft, beacon, beacon fire, bear up, bell, bell buoy, blinker, blue peter, bob, boom, breeches buoy, buoy up, caution… …

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  • 17 buoy — /booh ee, boy/, n. 1. Naut. a distinctively shaped and marked float, sometimes carrying a signal or signals, anchored to mark a channel, anchorage, navigational hazard, etc., or to provide a mooring place away from the shore. 2. a life buoy. v.t …

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  • 18 buoy — n. 1) to anchor a buoy 2) a bell; breeches; life buoy * * * [bɔɪ] breeches life buoy a bell to anchor a buoy …

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  • 19 buoy — buoy1 [bɔı US ˈbu:i, bɔı] n [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Probably from Middle Dutch boye, boeie, from Latin boia chain ; because a buoy is kept in place with a chain] an object that floats on the sea, a lake etc to mark a safe or dangerous area buoy …

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  • 20 buoy up — verb 1. become more cheerful (Freq. 1) after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit • Syn: ↑lighten, ↑lighten up • Hypernyms: ↑cheer, ↑cheer up, ↑chirk up …

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