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

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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 The strong demand for new residential sites isn’t surprising considering the buoyant demand for housing in the city-state even as Singapore continues to battle the recent flare-up in Covid-19 infections. Jonathan Burgos, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Even with his sagging numbers, support for Biden’s proposals to dramatically expand health care and family support safety nets has remained buoyant. Brian Bennett, Time, 24 Sep. 2021 Investor sentiment remained buoyant, fuelling a 13% rise in the benchmark stock index from a year ago. Forbes Press Releases, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The logic for placing the watch south of D.C. was sound, as this was the location of the most unstable air mass into which the southeast-sagging cold front was advancing, scooping up and lifting very buoyant air. Washington Post, 26 July 2021 But in May, Vietnam’s bourse remained buoyant despite a fourth wave of infections. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 11 June 2021 Precisely when and where these 5-mile-wide thermals of warm buoyant air will bubble up is chaos theory, beyond the ability of even high-resolution weather models to discern. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 7 Apr. 2021 Lots of buoyant energy concentrated in mid-levels of the atmosphere led to highly concentrated lightning generation. Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2021 Until recently, share sales were booming, local benchmarks were buoyant and tech euphoria had fueled a surge in trading. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, 6 Aug. 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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20 Oct 2021

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“Buoyant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buoyant. Accessed 24 Oct. 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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