buoyant

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for buoyant

Synonyms

blithe, blithesome, bright, canty [British dialect], cheerful, cheery, chipper, eupeptic, gay, gladsome, lightsome, sunny, upbeat, winsome

Antonyms

dour, gloomy, glum, morose, saturnine, sulky, sullen

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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.

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Despite a strong economy and buoyant consumer confidence, existing home sales have fallen on an annual basis for the last six consecutive months. Dana Mattioli, WSJ, "Lennar Is in Advanced Talks to Sell Its Real-Estate Lending Unit, Rialto Capital," 9 Oct. 2018 On this day, Vignon is particularly buoyant because his petition on change.org has just garnered its 100,000th signature, a milestone that heaps more pressure on church leaders to choose sides. John Leicester, Fox News, "In France, rebel priest takes on church bosses on sex abuse," 6 Sep. 2018 Of those, four were buoyant and would float, but had been anchored to the ocean floor, Miles said. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Navy says mystery mine found off Bainbridge Island was from 2005 exercise," 31 Aug. 2018 Designed by Los Angeles architecture firm Johnston Marklee, the $40 million Institute adds a significant new structure to the ensemble that is more open and buoyant than its confreres. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "A Buoyant Building for Looking and Learning," 12 Nov. 2018 The researchers posit that this impressive (and kind of nauseating) distance is because smaller pathogens can travel as part of a buoyant cloud that extends their reach. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 The plane was also filled with jet fuel, which is lighter (6.7 pounds per gal versus 8 pounds per gal) and more buoyant than water, which helped it stay afloat long enough to evacuate. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 During the past two years, with growth still buoyant, Mr. Xi has taken aim at debt and other financial risks to put the economy on sounder footing. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China to Step Up Efforts to Halt Economic Downturn Amid Trade Tussle," 21 Dec. 2018 Rather than embracing la dolce vita with an emblematic red lip, Beyoncé's pout was pressed with a pop of color reminiscent of an orchid, and skewed decidedly toward summertime: buoyant, slightly camp, and altogether aspirational. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Beyoncé Goes Off-Duty With Jay Z—and a Daring New Lipstick Shade," 5 Sep. 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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The first known use of buoyant was in 1578

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buoyant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of buoyant

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

buoyant

adjective
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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