buoy·​an·​cy ˈbȯi-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce buoyancy (audio)
: the tendency of a body to float or to rise when submerged in a fluid
testing an object's buoyancy
chemistry : the power of a fluid to exert an upward force on a body placed in it
the buoyancy of water
also : the upward force exerted
: the ability to recover quickly from depression or discouragement : resilience
his buoyancy of spirit
: the property of maintaining a satisfactorily high level (as of prices or economic activity)
betting that the economy will maintain its buoyancy

Example Sentences

the natural buoyancy of cork The swimmer is supported by the water's buoyancy. We hope that the economy will maintain its buoyancy.
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Word History


see buoy entry 1

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of buoyancy was in 1713

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Cite this Entry

“Buoyancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buoyancy. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


buoy·​an·​cy ˈbȯi-ən-sē How to pronounce buoyancy (audio)
: the tendency of a body to float or to rise when in a fluid
the buoyancy of a cork in water
: the power of a fluid to put an upward force on a body placed in it
the buoyancy of seawater
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