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as in: buoyant force or market Define
tending to float or rise; or making other things float
  • Swimmers are more buoyant in salt water than in fresh water.
  • buoyant balloons

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  • The water was warm and buoyant, and I came up like a cork, as I knew I should.
    E. W. Hornung  --  Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • In fact, the buoyancy of the life jackets was such that they...
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • buoyant balsawood boats
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as in: buoyant personality Define
characterized by lightheartedness or a tendency to maintain or quickly recover cheerfulness after setbacks
  • Students are in buoyant spirits with the start of the winter break.
  • Normally buoyant, she had a drawn look on her face.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie

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  • ...her nature seemed as light and buoyant as her fleecy robes...
    L. Frank Baum  --  The Road to Oz
  • ...light, impetuous, and seemingly buoyant steps were heard at the door.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
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  • His Mae West was uninflated, but its buoyancy was pulling him into the ceiling of the plane.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • She had auburn hair, a curvy figure, a buoyant disposition, a quick mind, and a family cat named Chopper.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • There was a shrewd, buoyant air about him as he sat up, looked round and rubbed both front paws over his nose.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Lisa Spence, the flight lead at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, sat beside Swean.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Aunt May’s spirit, Miss Lucy’s kindness, Miss Marlee’s buoyancy, and Mom’s strength were invaluable, and more enlightening than any class I ever took.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • This night, though, he was buoyant, and her mother was feeling good, having found some sherry in the B&B’s tiny kitchen, which she shared with Mae.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I felt buoyant knowing I would have the chance to hear another story soon.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "Definitely," she tells me, her voice buoyant again, the verve of fourteen.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Till morning dawned I was tossed on a buoyant but unquiet sea, where billows of trouble rolled under surges of joy.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He grew less desponding, and—so sanguine and buoyant is youth—even hoped that affairs at Dotheboys Hall might yet prove better than they promised.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby

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  • Martin sank or rose to Clif’s buoyancy, while Clif rose or sank to Martin’s speculativeness.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The plane lurched upward buoyantly with the lightened load.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A cephalopod mollusk that pumps gas into its chambered shell to adjust its buoyancy.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "Buoyancy," Jonas corrected him.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • He no longer looked buoyant and rosy-faced; there was no more spring in his step.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • She could not herself have explained the sense of buoyancy which seemed to lift and swing her above the sun-suffused world at her feet.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • "Inexperience," repeated Margaret, in serious yet buoyant tones.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • I was naturally of a buoyant disposition, and always I had a hope of somehow getting out of his clutches.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • He was too buoyant, too full of ruddy life, too assured.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The buoyant motion of the water filled me with an exquisite, quivering joy.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • She was buoyantly certain, and determinedly delighted with everything.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • And so the dream lay undisturbed under her eyelashes, and she breasted the slope of the big mountain with a buoyant step, oblivious of fatigue.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • It is well to have some water in your neighborhood, to give buoyancy to and float the earth.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I needed to reign in the enthusiasm before I gave him the wrong idea—it was just that it had been a long time since I’d felt so light and buoyant.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • In the photo he was smiling broadly, and his buoyant expression reminded her of Kevin whenever he scored a goal in soccer.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • With Jared, he is positively buoyant.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • She had been buoyant, which she deserved.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • I looked round over my shoulder and saw, tall, smiling brilliantly and buoyant—Leonora.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Alessandro Giuliani was tall and unbent, and his buoyant white hair fell and floated about his head like the white water in the curl of a wave.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Buoyant, rapid, sure, he attained the corner of wall and slipped around it.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • She had never felt the wind in her face, the whip of a horse’s mane, the buoyant, level spring of a tanning gait.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • The pack-ponies appeared to swim better than the mounted mustangs, or else the packs of deer-pelts made them more buoyant.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • I had heard of such things being made of paper and hollow rushes which quickly became saturated and lost all buoyancy.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • I feel buoyant with relief.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • Buoyancy seeped out of him.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • With his buoyant personality and perpetual grin, he was a balm for his mother’s sadness.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Her buoyant message—call me back if you insist—reminded him of just how independent Celine had become over the years.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Her Jorge did not resemble the huge, buoyant man on the ocean, the gentleman with silent words she could not understand.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Ellen started; for the earnestness and simple sincerity of her companion’s manner had produced a certain degree of credulity, even on her buoyant mind.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Everyone else was in the shade or in the house, sleeping, going mad with the scirocco, or, in Alessandro’s case, buoyantly reading in a tub of cool water.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • It was just a game, thinks Phillip, who was feeling so buoyant a minute ago and doesn’t want this to end with the two of them rolling on the hard linoleum.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • On the bus to the Cape, he’s at his buoyant best, leading the group in song, bouncing with ease through an array of hip-hop hits.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • On the contrary, an airy and innocent playfulness seemed to flicker like the shadow of summer leaves over her childish face, and around her buoyant figure.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • In this particular exercise, I had to practice with a dive bell, making what is called a buoyant ascent while keeping the pressure in my inner and outer ears equalized.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • For them we required something more buoyant than the mere cork; we at last found some empty casks and fastened two to each animal by thongs passed under its belly.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The young lady—for youth had revealed its presence in her buoyant bound up the bank—walked along the top instead of descending inside, and came to the corner where the fire was burning.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • With his wife, Edith, he raised seven whip-smart, buoyant children: Jim, Johnny, Bill, Edie, Betty, Norah, and a little girl whom, with characteristic Pollard whimsy, they called Bubbles.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • When he was so far out that he could look back not only on the little bay but past the promontory that was between it and the bigbeach, he floated on the buoyant surface and looked for his mother.
    Doris Lessing  --  Through the Tunnel
  • Captain Flume had entered his bed that night a buoyant extrovert and left it the next morning a brooding introvert, and Chief White Halfoat proudly regarded the new Captain Flume as his own creation.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Evasion I felt oddly buoyant as I walked form Spanish toward the cafeteria, and it wasn’t just because I was holding hands with the most perfect person on the planet, though that was certainly part of it.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
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