From Middle English buoy, boye (“a float”), from Middle Dutch boeye (“a float, signal”) or Middle French bouee, boue ("a float, marker, buoy"; < Middle Dutch), from Old Dutch *bōkan, *boukan (“signal, beacon”), from Old Frankish *boukan, *baukan (“signal, beacon”), from Proto-Germanic *baukną (“sign, signal, portent”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰā- (“to glow, light, shine”). More at beacon.
Wikipedia buoy (plural buoys)
- (nautical) A float moored in water to mark a location, warn of danger, or indicate a navigational channel.
- A life-buoy.
buoy (third-person singular simple present buoys, present participle buoying, simple past and past participle buoyed)
- (transitive) To keep afloat or aloft.
- (transitive) To support or maintain at a high level.
- (transitive) To mark with a buoy.
To support or maintain at a high level.
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