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 Indeed, the disconnect between buoyant stocks and the dire macroeconomic backdrop has rarely been starker. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Stocks are on a roll even as the economy tanks. Here are 3 reasons why," 26 May 2020 The buoyant reaction to the study, which pumped up Gilead stock, has been accompanied, however, by growing wariness over future access to the medicine. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Lawmaker asks HHS to ensure Gilead’s remdesivir is affordable if U.S. taxpayers funded R&D," 1 May 2020 In the tenuous bond between Laura and her buoyant roommate Callie, Gould finds a familiar groove, and her spiky affection for New York could sustain a whole book’s worth of asides on cramped studios, scrappy artists, and thwarted ambition. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "The Knockout Queen," 22 Apr. 2020 One easy way to make a set is to purchase two ice picks with buoyant wooden handles and about six feet of strong cord. Popular Science, "Everything you need to know before playing on that frozen pond," 8 Jan. 2020 The 26-inch net is made of lightweight carbon-fiber/fiberglass composite that’s waterproof, buoyant, and effectively bombproof. Outdoor Life, "Four top-rated fishing nets that won’t leave you empty-handed," 27 Apr. 2020 These investors have been mostly losing the battle for years, as Tesla shares remained buoyant even as the electric-car manufacturer racked up billions of dollars in annual losses. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, "The Agony of the Tesla Bears: $8.4 Billion of Losses in Five Weeks," 9 Feb. 2020 The data underlined the Fed ratesetters’ conundrum; consumer and government spending remained buoyant, though business investment was limp. The Economist, "Business this week," 2 Nov. 2019 Germany is far more exposed to international trade despite a buoyant domestic economy and falling debt. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A yuan-dollar currency war would do some serious damage," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Buoyant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buoyant. Accessed 31 May. 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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