light buoy

anchored float equipped with a bright light (used to help ship captains navigate during nighttime hours)

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • buoy — [bo͞o′ē; ] also, and for v. 3 usually [, boi] n. [ME < (? via MDu boeie) OFr buie, chain < L boia, fetter (see BOY): prob. first applied to the chain anchoring the float] 1. a) a floating object anchored in a lake, river, etc. to mark a… …   English World dictionary

  • buoy — [n] floating device beacon, drift, float, guide, marker, signal; concept 628 buoy (up) [v] make light, encourage bolster, boost, buck up, cheer, cheer up, encourage, hearten, keep afloat, lift, prop, raise, support, sustain, uphold; concepts 7,22 …   New thesaurus

  • buoy´ant|ly — buoy|ant «BOY uhnt, BOO yuhnt», adjective. 1. able to float: »Wood and cork are buoyant; iron and lead are not. 2. able to keep things afloat: »Balloons can float because air is buoyant. 3. tending to rise: »Figurative. buoyant hopes, a buoyant… …   Useful english dictionary

  • buoy|ant — «BOY uhnt, BOO yuhnt», adjective. 1. able to float: »Wood and cork are buoyant; iron and lead are not. 2. able to keep things afloat: »Balloons can float because air is buoyant. 3. tending to rise: »Figurative. buoyant hopes, a buoyant stock… …   Useful english dictionary

  • buoy|an|cy — «BOY uhn see, BOO yuhn », noun. 1. the power to float: »Wood has more buoyancy than iron. 2. the power to keep things afloat: »Salt water has greater buoyancy than fresh water. 3. a body s loss in weight when immersed in a liquid. 4. tendency to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Buoy — A buoy is a floating device that can have many different purposes, which determine whether the buoy is anchored (stationary) or allowed to drift. The word, of Old French or Middle Dutch origin, is nowadays most commonly pronEng|ˈbɔɪ (identical… …   Wikipedia

  • buoy — Synonyms and related words: Carling float, Mae West, Roman candle, aid to navigation, alarm, amber light, balefire, balsa, balsa raft, beacon, beacon fire, bear up, bell, bell buoy, blinker, blue peter, bob, boom, breeches buoy, buoy up, caution… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • buoy — /bɔɪ / (say boy) noun Nautical 1. a distinctively marked and shaped anchored float, sometimes carrying a light, whistle, or bell, marking a channel or obstruction. 2. → lifebuoy. –verb (t) 3. to support by or as by a buoy; keep afloat in a fluid …   Australian English dictionary

  • Light characteristic — Symbols and abbreviations for light characteristics A light characteristic is a graphic and text description of a navigational light sequence or colour displayed on a nautical chart or in a Light List with the chart symbol for a lighthouse,… …   Wikipedia

  • Light List — The United States Coast Guard Light List is an American navigation publication in 7 volumes made available yearly by the U.S. Coast Guard which gives information on lighted navigation aids, unlighted buoys, radiobeacons, radio direction finder… …   Wikipedia

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