buoy

noun
\ˈbü-ē, ˈbȯi \

Definition of buoy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : float sense 2 especially, nautical : a floating object moored to the bottom to mark a channel or something (such as a shoal) lying under the water swam out toward the buoy

2 : life buoy

buoy

verb
buoyed; buoying; buoys

Definition of buoy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to mark by or as if by a float or buoy buoy an anchor

2a : to keep afloat a raft buoyed by empty oil drums

b : support, uplift an economy buoyed by the dramatic postwar growth of industryTime

3 : to raise the spirits of usually used with up hope buoys him up

intransitive verb

: float usually used with up They buoyed up like a cork.

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Noun

buoy 1

In the meaning defined above

Examples of buoy in a Sentence

Verb

The tax breaks should help to buoy the economy.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rescuers fought to save the animal by deploying buoys to keep it afloat as veterinarians tended to it and propped up red umbrellas to protect its exposed skin from the sun’s rays. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "How This Whale Got Nearly 20 Pounds of Plastic in Its Stomach," 4 June 2018 During the rescue attempt, the whale vomited up five bags while officials used buoys to keep it afloat. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Whale dies in Thailand after eating more than 80 plastic bags," 4 June 2018 Not just for kids Forget the arm floaties and inner tubes from summer camp. Experimenting with tools like pull buoys, paddles, kickboards, fins, and snorkels can be really beneficial for your overall performance. Emily Abbate, GQ, "Watch Ryan Gosling Go Swimming in his Ralph Lauren Suit," 26 June 2018 It was picked up on buoys stretching from New Jersey up to southern New England. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Two tornados hit NY amid powerful Northeast storms on Tuesday, NWS says," 16 May 2018 There will be a no boating, no anchoring safety zone that will be marked with buoys off the beach. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale Air Show will slow traffic into Monday," 3 May 2018 To help protect them, the mining field will be ringed with buoys, monitoring any plumes of silt that are bigger than DEME had predicted. The Economist, "Undersea miningRace to the bottom," 8 Mar. 2018 Along the rocky inlets and foggy harbors of Maine, the Coast Guard maintains about 100 large buoys that use heavy brass gongs and bells to help guide mariners to port in the worst weather. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "Someone is stealing bells and gongs from buoys in Maine," 25 June 2018 Police investigate why children were unsupervised prior to boy's drowning The lifeguard can be seen jumping in with a rescue buoy and bringing the girl to safety. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Video: Lifeguard saves girl from drowning in Spring neighborhood pool," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s what buoys them along when the heat gets to be too much. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Walking the walk for veterans’ mental health," 16 June 2018 Republicans are counting on the strong economy to buoy them in congressional elections this fall. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Feeling Good About the Economy? You’re Probably a Republican," 15 June 2018 From a scoring standpoint, buoyed by home runs each game, the Rangers' offense was just fine. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers' strikeout-prone lineup no match for Sale, Red Sox | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 6 May 2018 In 2015, a month ahead of a contentious mayoral primary, the young and ambitious Bronin made a promise that would placate skeptics and help buoy him to victory. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "In Wake Of Gubernatorial Bid, Hartford Residents Say Bronin Must Again Win Them Over," 22 Apr. 2018 With the Orioles down 4-0 early because of a rough spring debut for Chris Tillman, Machado and a familiar cast of characters buoyed them offensively and helped erase that deficit. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Hot spring for Orioles' Machado raises expectations: 'He's going to be fun to watch this year'," 14 Mar. 2018 After being the best home team during the season, the Jets were buoyed in Round 2 by three road victories in Nashville. Andrew Knoll, New York Times, "N.H.L. Western Conference Finals: A Long Shot vs. the Longest Shot," 11 May 2018 Intel’s revenues were buoyed yet again by its Data Center Group, which reported a 23 percent boost in revenue to $5.2 billion. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel earnings call reveals strong revenue despite delays in 10nm chips," 26 Apr. 2018 His assessment was buoyed by the think tank's report, which is dated December 2016. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Cleveland homicide unit needs help and resources, according to study," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of buoy

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for buoy

Noun

Middle English boye, probably from Middle Dutch boeye; akin to Old High German bouhhan sign — more at beacon

Verb

see buoy entry 1

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buoy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of buoy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an object that floats on water in a lake, bay, river, etc., to show areas that are safe or dangerous for boats

buoy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of buoy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause (someone) to feel happy or confident

: to lift or improve (something)

buoy

noun
\ˈbü-ē, ˈbȯi\

Kids Definition of buoy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a floating object anchored in a body of water to mark a channel or to warn of danger

2 : life buoy

buoy

verb
buoyed; buoying

Kids Definition of buoy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to keep from sinking : keep afloat

2 : to brighten the mood of … if hope had not buoyed me up, I must have … given up.— Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped

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