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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 buoy /ˈbui, ˈbɔɪ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Buoy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Buoyed p. pr. & vb. n. Buoying.]
 1. To keep from sinking in a fluid, as in water or air; to keep afloat; -- with up.
 2. To support or sustain; to preserve from sinking into ruin or despondency.
    Those old prejudices, which buoy up the ponderous mass of his nobility, wealth, and title.   --Burke.
 3. To fix buoys to; to mark by a buoy or by buoys; as, to buoy an anchor; to buoy or buoy off a channel.
    Not one rock near the surface was discovered which was not buoyed by this floating weed.   --Darwin.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Buoy n.  Naut. 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.
 Anchor buoy, a buoy attached to, or marking the position of, an anchor.
 Bell buoy, a large buoy on which a bell is mounted, to be rung by the motion of the waves.
 Breeches buoy. See under Breeches.
 Cable buoy, an empty cask employed to buoy up the cable in rocky anchorage.
 Can buoy, a hollow buoy made of sheet or boiler iron, usually conical or pear-shaped.
 Life buoy, a float intended to support persons who have fallen into the water, until a boat can be dispatched to save them.
 Nut buoy or Nun buoy, a buoy large in the middle, and tapering nearly to a point at each end.
 To stream the buoy, to let the anchor buoy fall by the ship's side into the water, before letting go the anchor.
 Whistling buoy, a buoy fitted with a whistle that is blown by the action of the waves.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Buoy, v. i. To float; to rise like a buoy. “Rising merit will buoy up at last.”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : bright-colored; a float attached by rope to the seabed to
          mark channels in a harbor or underwater hazards
      v 1: float on the surface of water
      2: keep afloat; "The life vest buoyed him up" [syn: buoy up]
      3: mark with a buoy