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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BUOY'ANCY, n. The quality of floating on the surface of water, or in the atmosphere; specific lightness.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: cheerfulness that bubbles to the surface [syn: buoyancy, perkiness]
2: the property of something weightless and insubstantial [syn: airiness, buoyancy]
3: the tendency to float in water or other liquid
4: irrepressible liveliness and good spirit; "I admired his buoyancy and persistent good humor" [syn: irrepressibility, buoyancy]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1713 1. a. the tendency of a body to float or to rise when submerged in a fluid b. the power of a fluid to exert an upward force on a body placed in it; also the upward force exerted 2. the ability to recover quickly from depression or discouragement ; resilience 3. the property of maintaining a satisfactorily high level (as of prices or economic activity)

NOAA Weather Glossary

That property of an object that enables it to float on thesurface of a liquid, or as in the case with air parcels, to ascend and remain freelysuspended in the atmosphere.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the capacity to be or remain buoyant. 2 resilience; recuperative power. 3 cheerfulness.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Buoyancy Buoy"an*cy, n.; pl. Buoyancies. 1. The property of floating on the surface of a liquid, or in a fluid, as in the atmosphere; specific lightness, which is inversely as the weight compared with that of an equal volume of water. 2. (Physics) The upward pressure exerted upon a floating body by a fluid, which is equal to the weight of the body; hence, also, the weight of a floating body, as measured by the volume of fluid displaced. Such are buoyancies or displacements of the different classes of her majesty's ships. --Eng. Cyc. 3. Cheerfulness; vivacity; liveliness; sprightliness; -- the opposite of heaviness; as, buoyancy of spirits.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Buoyancy is the ability that something has to float on a liquid or in the air. Air can be pumped into the diving suit to increase buoyancy. 2. Buoyancy is a feeling of cheerfulness. ...a mood of buoyancy and optimism. N-UNCOUNT 3. There is economic buoyancy when the economy is growing. The likelihood is that the slump will be followed by a period of buoyancy.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Lightness, levity, specific lightness. 2. Vivacity, liveliness, sprightliness, cheerfulness. See gayety.

Moby Thesaurus

adaptability, airiness, ascent, bounce, bounciness, breeziness, bubbliness, buoyance, carefreeness, chirpiness, daintiness, debonairness, delicacy, downiness, effervescence, elasticity, ethereality, extensibility, exuberance, flexibility, floatability, fluffiness, foaminess, frothiness, gentleness, give, gossameriness, jauntiness, lack of weight, levitation, levity, light heart, lightheartedness, lightness, lightsomeness, liveliness, perkiness, pertness, rebound, resilience, resiliency, responsiveness, snap, softness, spring, springiness, stretch, stretchability, stretchiness, tenderness, tone, tonicity, tonus, unheaviness, volatility, weightlessness, yeastiness

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