buoyant


buoyant
buoyant 1570s, perhaps from Sp. boyante, prp. of boyar "to float," from boya "buoy," from Du. boei (see BUOY (Cf. buoy)). Of personalities, etc., from c.1748.

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  • buoyant — buoy‧ant [ˈbɔɪənt ǁ ˈbɔɪənt, ˈbuːjənt] adjective a buoyant market, economy etc is successful and has a lot of trading activity, and prices are rising rather than falling: • There is also a buoyant market for expensive Swiss watches. • Sterling… …   Financial and business terms

  • Buoyant — Buoy ant, a. [From {Buoy}, v. t. & i.] 1. Having the quality of rising or floating in a fluid; tending to rise or float; as, iron is buoyant in mercury. Buoyant on the flood. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. Bearing up, as a fluid; sustaining another body …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buoyant — [adj1] light in weight afloat, airy, bouncy, floatable, floating, resilient, supernatant, unsinkable, weightless; concept 491 Ant. heavy, weighted buoyant [adj2] light in spirit animated, blithe, bouncy, breezy, bright, carefree, cheerful,… …   New thesaurus

  • buoyant — index resilient, sanguine, volatile Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • buoyant — volatile, expansive, resilient, effervescent, *elastic Analogous words: *spirited, high spirited, mettlesome, gingery: *lively, vivacious, animated, sprightly: jocund, blithe, *merry: optimistic, *hopeful Antonyms: depressed, dejected …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • buoyant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) able to keep afloat. 2) cheerful and optimistic. 3) (of an economy or market) engaged in much activity. DERIVATIVES buoyancy noun buoyantly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • buoyant — [boi′ənt; ] also [ bo͞o′yənt] adj. [< ? Sp boyante < boyar, to float] having or showing buoyancy buoyantly adv …   English World dictionary

  • buoyant — [[t]bɔ͟ɪ͟ənt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you are in a buoyant mood, you feel cheerful and behave in a lively way. She was in a buoyant mood and they were looking forward to their new life... You will feel more buoyant and optimistic about the future… …   English dictionary

  • buoyant — buoy|ant [ˈbɔıənt US ˈbɔıənt, ˈbu:jənt] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Spanish; Origin: boyante, from boyar; BUOY2] 1.) happy and confident ▪ Phil was in buoyant mood. 2.) buoyant prices etc tend to rise ▪ a buoyant economy 3.) able to float or keep… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • buoyant — adjective 1 cheerful and confident: Phil was in buoyant mood. 2 buoyant prices etc tend to rise: a buoyant economy 3 able to float or keep things floating: Cork is a very buoyant material. buoyantly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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