buoy·​ant | \ ˈbȯi-ənt How to pronounce buoyant (audio) , ˈbü-yənt \

Definition of buoyant

: having buoyancy Warm air is more buoyant than cool air. : such as
a : capable of floating Cork is naturally buoyant.
b : cheerful, gay in a buoyant mood
c : capable of maintaining a satisfactorily high level a buoyant economy

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Other Words from buoyant

buoyantly adverb

Examples of buoyant in a Sentence

Warm air is more buoyant than cool air. The actors were buoyant as they prepared for the evening's performance.
Recent Examples on the Web This is your reward: a dip in the clean buoyant waters, followed by octopus, revithada, and cold Mythos beer at a nearby taverna. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 Things in Europe that Every Traveler Needs to Experience," 4 Aug. 2020 The sunken craft, one of 13 involved in the exercise, was designed to be naturally buoyant and had three water-tight hatches and two large troop hatches, Osterman said. Julie Watson, Star Tribune, "Search stretches on for 8 missing after Marine craft sinks," 1 Aug. 2020 The film strikes a buoyant balance of shared memories and lingering hurts among close friends. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "For too long, the story of the Go-Go’s was a cautionary tale. A new documentary turns it into a triumph.," 30 July 2020 Two months ago, Australia’s buoyant Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlined a three-stage plan to lift most restrictions nationwide by the end of July -- a goal now in tatters. Jason Scott, Bloomberg.com, "The Mistakes That Pushed an Australian City Back Into Lockdown," 11 July 2020 The older of two sons, Miles was enjoying a typically buoyant sophomore year at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth when his mother told him to get on a plane and fly to Colombia — immediately. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Dallas filmmaker’s ‘Miracle Fishing’ tells an incredible story of his father’s kidnapping," 9 July 2020 All that buoyant energy assured core updrafts that shot upward to nearly 10 miles in the atmosphere. Washington Post, "19 people injured after tree falls on garage in Anne Arundel County," 6 July 2020 Initial public offerings and buoyant equity markets have bolstered mega-fortunes, even as tens of millions of people have lost their jobs. Jack Witzig, Fortune, "Jeff Bezos’s net worth hits a new high after recovering losses from divorce," 2 July 2020 The buoyant rally came on the coattails of a dramatic selloff in the market in March, when the pandemic lockdown began. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "The economy is falling apart but Wall Street had its best quarter in decades," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of buoyant

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buoyant

see buoy entry 1

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The first known use of buoyant was in 1578

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8 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Buoyant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buoyant. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of buoyant

: able to float
: able to cause things to float
: happy and confident


buoy·​ant | \ ˈbȯi-ənt How to pronounce buoyant (audio) , ˈbü-yənt \

Kids Definition of buoyant

1 : able to rise and float in the air or on the top of a liquid buoyant cork
2 : able to keep a body afloat
3 : lighthearted, cheerful a buoyant mood

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