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buoy Idioms & Phrases


acoustic buoy

  • noun a buoy that can be heard (at night)
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Anchor buoy

  • a buoy attached to, or marking the position of, an anchor.
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Bell buoy

  • noun a buoy with a bell on it
    bell buoy.
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  • a large buoy on which a bell is mounted, to be rung by the motion of the waves.
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Breeches buoy

  • noun a life buoy in the form of a ring with short breeches for support; used to transfer people from a ship
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  • in the life-saving service, a pair of canvas breeches depending from an annular or beltlike life buoy which is usually of cork. This contrivance, inclosing the person to be rescued, is hung by short ropes from a block which runs upon the hawser stretched from the ship to the shore, and is drawn to land by hauling lines.
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buoy up

  • verb become more cheerful
    lighten; lighten up.
    • after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit
  • verb make more cheerful
    lighten; lighten up.
    • the conversation lightened me up a bit
  • verb keep afloat
    buoy.
    • The life vest buoyed him up
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Cable buoy

  • an empty cask employed to buoy up the cable in rocky anchorage.
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Can buoy

  • noun a buoy with a round bottom and conical top
    can.
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  • a hollow buoy made of sheet or boiler iron, usually conical or pear-shaped.
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conical buoy

  • noun a buoy resembling a cone
    nun; conical buoy.
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gong buoy

  • noun a buoy with a bell on it
    bell buoy.
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Life buoy

  • noun a life preserver in the form of a ring of buoyant material
    life belt; lifesaver; life ring.
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  • . See Buoy.
  • a float intended to support persons who have fallen into the water, until a boat can be dispatched to save them.
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Nun buoy

  • noun a buoy resembling a cone
    nun; conical buoy.
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  • . See under Buoy.
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NutNun buoy

  • a buoy large in the middle, and tapering nearly to a point at each end.
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Nut buoy

  • . See under Buoy.
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Safety buoy

  • a buoy to enable a person to float in water; a safety belt.
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Spar buoy

  • noun a buoy resembling a vertical log
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  • (Naut.), a buoy anchored by one end so that the other end rises above the surface of the water.
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To stream the buoy

  • to let the anchor buoy fall by the ship's side into the water, before letting go the anchor.
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whistle buoy

  • noun a buoy that makes a whistling noise
    whistle buoy.
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Whistling buoy

  • noun a buoy that makes a whistling noise
    whistle buoy.
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  • a buoy fitted with a whistle that is blown by the action of the waves.
Webster 1913