Definition of buoy:
- 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.
- To fix buoys to; to mark by a buoy or by buoys; as, to buoy an anchor; to buoy or buoy off a channel.
- To float; to rise like a buoy.
- 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.
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The middy obeyed, and a life- buoy dropped over the side with a splash, a port- fire at the same moment bursting out into a brilliant blue glare, which, as the buoy floated down rapidly with the stream, lit- up the trees on either shore, made the water flash, but above all showed out plainly to all on board a couple of large prahus coming rapidly up the stream, the many sweeps out on either side making the water foam and flash in the blue light shed by the buoy.- "Middy and Ensign", G. Manville Fenn.
- "The Victory At Sea", William Sowden Sims Burton J. Hendrick.
- "Lord John in New York", C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson.