Definition of buoyancy in English:

buoyancy

noun

mass noun
  • 1The ability or tendency of something to float in water or other fluid.

    • ‘My buoyancy is such that at 15m I could float to the surface without effort.’
    • ‘This procedure confers on the armadillo enough additional buoyancy to enable it to float.’
    • ‘If lifting the ball up stops the water from running, try to bend the float arm down to get the right buoyancy.’
    • ‘The array tube is filled with mineral oil to create neutral buoyancy, allowing the array to float behind the underwater towing vehicle.’
    • ‘Other colonial hydrozoans, such as the chondrophorines and siphonophorans, are pelagic; many of these have developed internal gas-filled floats as an aid to buoyancy.’
    • ‘First, water provides sharks with substantial buoyancy, whereas air does not confer the same benefit to aircraft.’
    • ‘On the other hand, these wider vesicles float more readily due to their greater buoyancy.’
    • ‘Defying all laws of buoyancy, he continued walking into the water until the surface was a good five feet above him.’
    • ‘The boats took on more water than they had buoyancy.’
    • ‘During vertical movements, animals can take advantage of gravity or positive buoyancy to permit unpowered downward or upward locomotion for a longer period.’
    • ‘They are barely in control of themselves, taking turns to float up before dumping all buoyancy and crashing back into the wreck in a cloud of silt and debris.’
    • ‘Built into each wheel unit was a flotation tank with sufficient buoyancy to float the unit.’
    • ‘A less safe alternative would be for the supervisor to have a rapidly inflatable life jacket that would allow a rescue from under the water but would then provide adequate buoyancy to return the rescuer and the swimmer to the surface.’
    • ‘My lungs then re-expand, my wetsuit buoyancy returns and I float to the surface.’
    • ‘Cold water is denser than hot water, he explains, so it provides more buoyancy.’
    • ‘Typically, Clione swim nearly continuously to maintain a stable position in the water column and avoid sinking due to negative buoyancy.’
    • ‘The Arena suit, in all honesty, has a great blend of buoyancy and feel for the water due to the specialist material.’
    • ‘Gas vesicles are gas-filled intracellular structures that provide buoyancy in many unicellular aquatic organisms.’
    • ‘Weight reduction is not as important in swimming because the body mass is subject to buoyancy by being immersed in water.’
    • ‘Walking underwater with a teacher's help, then floating to the surface on the ‘water elevator’ also builds trust and understanding of buoyancy in a fun way.’
    ability to float, tendency to float, lightness
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    1. 1.1 The power of a liquid to keep something afloat.
      ‘she plunged into the sea, grateful for the buoyancy of the salt water’
      • ‘Raziel, on the other hand, begins the game in the spectral realm, a plane where lost souls gather, objects can't be moved and water has no buoyancy.’
      • ‘Even if you don't like to swim, walking in the shallow end can provide aerobic benefits, and the buoyancy of the water will take the stress off your joints.’
      • ‘And because of its buoyancy, water is also used in rehabilitation programs.’
      • ‘The buoyancy of the water protects your joints.’
      • ‘Water's buoyancy makes a swimmer feel weightless and reduces stress on joints in the spine, hips and knees.’
      • ‘Just letting the natural buoyancy of the water keep me afloat.’
      • ‘Logic tells you that you cannot fall and that the buoyancy of the water will support you, but what you feel is the opposite.’
      • ‘Using the natural buoyancy of the water, the experimental dance is both effortless and enormously fluid.’
      • ‘Their bones are unusually thick, possibly an adaptation to make the animal heavier counteracting the buoyancy of the water.’
      • ‘Water activities are very popular during pregnancy as the water offers buoyancy and allows exercise to be performed in warmer climates without raising the mother's core temperature too much.’
      lift, lifting effect
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  • 2A cheerful and optimistic attitude or disposition.

    • ‘Thus is Philip Gura caught in neutral buoyancy between belief and hope.’
    • ‘But I certainly think it took through until the 1970s possibly to regain some of that buoyancy, and some of that optimism.’
    • ‘At his Balzacian best, he radiated warmth, buoyancy, optimism and hope; but in his more Dostoyevskian mode, he was consumed by doubt, loneliness, envy and disappointment.’
    • ‘Discussions became political after next to no time (and all the other Kiwis were National or centre-right) so there was a bit of hope and buoyancy that National and Dr Brash will win this year.’
    • ‘If enthusiasm can mask a multitude of sins then Williamson will be hoping this kid's mental buoyancy will rub off on the few senior players he will still have at his disposal next term once the giant summer clearout sale is completed.’
    • ‘Her music reflects youthful buoyancy and her rich repertoire keeps the audience spellbound.’
    • ‘Where a month ago there was optimism and buoyancy, there is hopelessness.’
    • ‘This did not dispel Calderwood's good humour and buoyancy in a season far from finished as he embraced Levein on the touchline before kick-off.’
    • ‘This summer WXPN named Calico an Album of the Week, and its cheery buoyancy has earned it airplay nationwide.’
    • ‘Bridget rides them with defiant optimism, but both her bad breaks and her endearing buoyancy in dealing with them venture outside the real.’
    • ‘It lets down the charm of their formidable buoyancy and their obvious talent for sonic collage; they're at their most interesting when revelling in bombastic beats and unexpected sounds.’
    • ‘Indeed, Hem's songs - no matter how bleak - project a hope and buoyancy that would grate were it not for their deftness and skill.’
    • ‘Agile and on his toes most of the time Dr Syiem hardly looks like a person who has had a tryst with Cancer and for the time being it seems he has beaten it with his optimism resilience and buoyancy.’
    cheerfulness, cheeriness, happiness, light-heartedness, carefreeness, brightness, gladness, merriment, joy, bounce, effervescence, blitheness, sunniness, breeziness, jollity, joviality, animation, liveliness, life, sprightliness, jauntiness, ebullience, high spirits, vivacity, vitality, verve, sparkle, zest
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  • 3A high level of activity in an economy or stock market.

    ‘there is renewed buoyancy in the demand for steel’
    • ‘There has been a massive temporary boost to our competitiveness from a low dollar, which is the main reason for our current economic buoyancy.’
    • ‘Our British headquarters is amazed at the buoyancy of the Irish market.’
    • ‘The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said house price inflation was running at close to two-and-a-half times the long-term average, reflecting continuing buoyancy in the market.’
    • ‘There is another factor behind the stock's buoyancy: a potential buyout.’
    • ‘This year experts are looking to renewed buoyancy in the US economy, while the European economies look pretty sluggish.’
    • ‘It is the rural sector that has given us growth and buoyancy over the last couple of years.’
    • ‘The country in general has witnessed dramatic price rises in recent years, attributed to inflation, economic buoyancy, and now the euro changeover.’
    • ‘The effect of this revision has been to transform Scotland's regular flirtation with recession into a steady relationship with economic buoyancy.’
    • ‘However, a surprising resilience and unexpected buoyancy has emerged during the past year.’
    • ‘The health of a country's economy should not be judged by the buoyancy of its stock market or its currency's strength.’
    • ‘Mr Harrison said the order book reflected the continuing buoyancy of the region's economy.’
    • ‘Yet the relative buoyancy of the UK economy suggests that Scotland will be insulated from these wider chills.’
    • ‘The debate over whether kitsch constitutes a genuine art form becomes moot if the artifact in question reaches a certain critical mass of sheer buoyancy.’
    • ‘The revenues for the future are showing a greater degree of buoyancy and I think we now have to focus on health, education and social welfare.’
    • ‘After a long time, the revived projects are exceeding the value of projects shelved, showing overall buoyancy in the economy and investment.’
    • ‘First, the market's recent buoyancy is stirring investor greed.’
    • ‘At any rate, the experience of the boom-bust cycles was that rapid money-supply growth was accompanied by buoyancy in both asset prices and spending.’
    • ‘None of them reported that they had relaxed their credit criteria in the face of the buoyancy in the Irish economy.’
    • ‘Much of the Korean economy's buoyancy can be traced to the effects of banking reforms since Korea's 1997 financial crisis.’
    • ‘This reflected improved economic buoyancy, particularly in property and retail and higher spending across a range of areas from financial to general classified advertising.’
    vigour, strength, high level of activity, burgeoning, resilience, growth, development, progress, improvement, expansion, mushrooming, snowballing, ballooning
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Pronunciation

buoyancy

/ˈbɔɪənsi/