buoy·ant | \ˈbȯi-ənt, 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.

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Overcast conditions across much of the D.C. region have kept temperatures down, as well as the amount of instability (buoyant energy) available to power thunderstorms. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Heavy showers and storms may target Washington region around sunset," 20 June 2018 When DalCanton first appears in Act Two, her buoyant energy finally re-centers the comedy, and the chemistry between Altman and her sparkles as two thoroughly ridiculous people finally find one another. Jim Rutter, Philly.com, "At Hedgerow: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (and, for this play, being youngish)," 6 May 2018 No matter which section one is in or what is in one’s glass, the mood is decidedly buoyant, ignited by the arrival of the Queen and various members of her family in a line of horse drawn carriages. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 20 June 2018 With the acquisition of Sanchez, Herrera feels buoyant that United now have the great firepower to embark on their search for trophies. SI.com, "Ander Herrera Believes Manchester United Now Have the Firepower to Battle for Every Trophy," 28 Jan. 2018 Optimism and buoyant confidence are the twin engines that have steered Patricia Kluge through decades of dizzying heights and, lately, unfathomable lows. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "The Strange Saga of Trump Winery," 14 Oct. 2016 At the bright yellow Makina Cafe truck, which has been plying the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens since last summer, the injera is buoyant in the hand and unapologetically sour, with an insistent, earthy tang and a thousand eyes. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Makina Cafe, Ethiopian Takeaway With Buoyant Injera," 28 June 2018 Wall Street was buoyant Friday morning, with the Dow Jones set to open on a triple-digit gain. Lucy Bayly /, NBC News, "Economy added 223,000 jobs in May, but Trump's premarket tweet is the focus," 1 June 2018 Many fans have suggested that this was an attempt to drown out the atmosphere generated by the Liverpool fans, who were buoyant as their team romped to a 5-1 aggregate victory over the two legs. SI.com, "'Worst Fans in England': Rival Supporters Mock Manchester City for 'Embarrassing' Pre-Match Gimmicks," 11 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of buoyant

: able to float

: able to cause things to float

: happy and confident


buoy·ant | \ˈbȯi-ənt, 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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