Webster 1913 Edition
(bwoi or boi; 277),
boeibuoy, fetter, fr. OF.
buie, chain, fetter, F.
bouéea buoy, from L.
Boiaegenus vinculorum tam ferreae quam ligneae.”
Festus. So called because chained to its place.]
A float; esp. a floating object moored to the bottom, to mark a channel or to point out the position of something beneath the water, as an anchor, shoal, rock, etc.
a buoy attached to, or marking the position of, an anchor.–
a large buoy on which a bell is mounted, to be rung by the motion of the waves.–
an empty cask employed to buoy up the cable in rocky anchorage.–
a hollow buoy made of sheet or boiler iron, usually conical or pear-shaped.–
a float intended to support persons who have fallen into the water, until a boat can be dispatched to save them.–
a buoy large in the middle, and tapering nearly to a point at each end.–
To stream the buoy,
to let the anchor buoy fall by the ship’s side into the water, before letting go the anchor.–
a buoy fitted with a whistle that is blown by the action of the waves.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To keep from sinking in a fluid, as in water or air; to keep afloat; – with up.
To support or sustain; to preserve from sinking into ruin or despondency.
Those old prejudices, which
buoyup the ponderous mass of his nobility, wealth, and title.
To fix buoys to; to mark by a buoy or by buoys;
buoyan anchor; to
buoy offa channel
Not one rock near the surface was discovered which was not
buoyedby this floating weed.
To float; to rise like a buoy.“Rising merit will buoy up at last.”
Webster 1828 Edition
To stream the buoy, is to let it fall by the ship's side into the water, before letting go the anchor.