Buoyage to Burgonet
(Buoy"age) n. Buoys, taken collectively; a series of buoys, as for the guidance of vessels into
or out of port; the providing of buoys.
(Buoy"ance) n. Buoyancy. [R.]
(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.
3. Cheerfulness; vivacity; liveliness; sprightliness; the opposite of heaviness; as, buoyancy of spirits.
(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.
2. Bearing up, as a fluid; sustaining another body by being specifically heavier.
The water under me was buoyant.
3. Light-hearted; vivacious; cheerful; as, a buoyant disposition; buoyant spirits. Buoy"ant*ly, adv.
(Bu*pres"ti*dan) n. [L. buprestis, Gr. a poisonous beetle, which, being eaten by cattle in
the grass, caused them to swell up and and die; ox, cow + to blow up, swell out.] (Zoöl.) One of a tribe
of beetles, of the genus Buprestis and allied genera, usually with brilliant metallic colors. The larvæ are
usually borers in timber, or beneath bark, and are often very destructive to trees.
(Bur, Burr) n. [OE. burre burdock; cf. Dan. borre, OSw. borra, burdock, thistle; perh. akin to E.
bristle or perh. to F. bourre hair, wool, stuff; also, according to Cotgrave, "the downe, or hairie coat,
wherewith divers herbes, fruits, and flowers, are covered," fr. L. burrae trifles, LL. reburrus rough.]
1. (Bot.) Any rough or prickly envelope of the seeds of plants, whether a pericarp, a persistent calyx,
or an involucre, as of the chestnut and burdock. Also, any weed which bears burs.
Amongst rude burs and thistles.
Bur and brake and brier.
2. The thin ridge left by a tool in cutting or shaping metal. See Burr, n., 2.
3. A ring of iron on a lance or spear. See Burr, n., 4.
4. The lobe of the ear. See Burr, n., 5.
5. The sweetbread.
6. A clinker; a partially vitrified brick.
7. (Mech.) (a) A small circular saw. (b) A triangular chisel. (c) A drill with a serrated head larger
than the shank; used by dentists.