April 29, 2016
- buoy (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to keep from sinking : keep afloat
- How do you use it?
- The raft in the center of the lake was buoyed by empty barrels, and anchored by a large concrete block.
- Are you a word wiz?
The verb "buoy" has another meaning in addition to the one we've given you. Which of the following definitions do you think is the other meaning of "buoy"?Answer D should buoy you up! Just like a barrels can keep a raft afloat, so can a kind word or a smile buoy someone's spirits, or lift someone's mood. "Buoy" has some other meanings as well. Before it was a verb, "buoy" was a noun used to refer to "a floating object anchored in a body of water to mark a channel or warn of danger." The noun "buoy" is also used as a shortened form of "life buoy," which is a float consisting of a ring of very light material that is used to hold up a person who has fallen into the water.