buoyancy

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noun buoy·an·cy \ˈbȯi-ən(t)-sē, ˈbü-yən(t)-\

Definition of buoyancy

  1. 1a :  the tendency of a body to float or to rise when submerged in a fluid testing an object's buoyancyb 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

  2. 2 :  the ability to recover quickly from depression or discouragement :  resilience his buoyancy of spirit

  3. 3 :  the property of maintaining a satisfactorily high level (as of prices or economic activity) betting that the economy will maintain its buoyancy

Examples of buoyancy in a Sentence

  1. the natural buoyancy of cork

  2. The swimmer is supported by the water's buoyancy.

  3. We hope that the economy will maintain its buoyancy.

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Origin and Etymology of buoyancy

see 1buoy


BUOYANCY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of buoyancy for English Language Learners

  • : the ability of an object to float in water or air

  • : the power of a liquid to make someone or something float

  • : the ability of someone or something to continue to be happy, strong, etc., through difficult times


BUOYANCY Defined for Kids

buoyancy

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noun buoy·an·cy \ˈbȯi-ən-sē, ˈbü-yən-\

Definition of buoyancy for Students

  1. 1 :  the power of rising and floating (as on water or in air) Cork has buoyancy in water.

  2. 2 :  the power of a liquid to hold up a floating body Seawater has buoyancy.



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