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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buoyantly adverb

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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 Eric Eztli, a poet and high-school English teacher, always left the gatherings in a buoyant mood. Los Angeles Times, "How the men of Bloom Homie are redefining masculinity in L.A. — and beyond," 22 Apr. 2021 Anti-Olympic activist Misako Ichimura might be expected to be buoyant. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Tokyo’s Anti-Olympic Movement Ask: Why Haven’t the Games Been Canceled?," 14 Apr. 2021 Various runs of high-resolution computer models suggest that the available instability (buoyant energy that fuels storm updrafts) may stay on the lower end of the possible range. Washington Post, "Threat of thunderstorms with damaging winds in D.C. area on Sunday," 27 Mar. 2021 From a buoyant novel to an eloquent memoir, and from a spot-on biography to a history of the slave trade, April books provide opportunities for reflection and renewal. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Put a spring in your step with the 10 best books of April," 16 Apr. 2021 What of the problem that Champagne’s buoyant reputation was out of sync with the general mood of 2020? Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, "From the Pandemic to the Rise of Prosecco: Why Champagne Sales Are Plummeting," 15 Apr. 2021 But markets have largely remained buoyant as investors bet that vaccines will help propel the global economic recovery next year. Amber Burton, WSJ, "Stocks Close Higher as Data Point to Uneven Economic Rebound," 23 Dec. 2020 For weeks, the mood in much of the United States has been buoyant. Apoorva Mandavilli And Benjamin Mueller, Star Tribune, "Virus variants threaten to draw out the pandemic, scientists say," 3 Apr. 2021 For weeks, the mood in much of the United States has been buoyant. New York Times, "Virus Variants Threaten to Draw Out the Pandemic, Scientists Say," 3 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Buoyant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buoyant. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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