1The ability or tendency of something to float in water or other fluid.
- My lungs then re-expand, my wetsuit buoyancy returns and I float to the surface.
- Built into each wheel unit was a flotation tank with sufficient buoyancy to float the unit.
- The boats took on more water than they had buoyancy.
1.1The power of a liquid to keep something afloat: she plunged into the sea, grateful for the buoyancy of the salt water
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- Water's buoyancy makes a swimmer feel weightless and reduces stress on joints in the spine, hips and knees.
- 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.
- And because of its buoyancy, water is also used in rehabilitation programs.
lift, lifting effect
2A cheerful and optimistic attitude or disposition.
- 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.
- Where a month ago there was optimism and buoyancy, there is hopelessness.
- 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.
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;
3A high level of activity in an economy or stock market: there is renewed buoyancy in the demand for steel
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- Much of the Korean economy's buoyancy can be traced to the effects of banking reforms since Korea's 1997 financial crisis.
- After a long time, the revived projects are exceeding the value of projects shelved, showing overall buoyancy in the economy and investment.
- The health of a country's economy should not be judged by the buoyancy of its stock market or its currency's strength.
Words that rhyme with buoyancyflamboyancy
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