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1  —as in:
buoyant force or market
Definition tending to float or rise; or making other things float
  • Swimmers are more buoyant in salt water than in fresh water.
buoyant = tending to float
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The buoyant salt water makes it easier to float.
  • buoyant = tending to make other things float
  • It is as buoyant as a helium-filled balloon.
  • buoyant = with a tendency to rise
  • The wooden boat is buoyant even without a captured pocket of air.
  • buoyant = tends to float
  • 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
  • The water was so buoyant that I felt I might float away if I loosed my hold on the bench.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • buoyant = with a tendency to cause things in it to float
  • Additional fact: if you relax, your body's buoyancy will cause you to float.
    Jennifer Niven  --  All the Right Places
  • buoyancy = tendency to float
  • A cephalopod mollusk that pumps gas into its chambered shell to adjust its buoyancy.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • buoyancy = tendency to float
  • its buoyancy in the waters of the Dead Sea:
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • buoyancy = tendency to float
  • In traditional tanks, the person would float on his back in a hyperbuoyant saline solution that kept his face above the water so he could breathe.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
hyperbuoyant = causing a greater tendency to float than normal water
(Editor's note:  The prefix "hyper-" in hyperbuoyant means extremely or excessively. This is the same pattern as seen in words like hypersensitive, hyperactive, and hypercritical.)

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2  —as in:
buoyant personality
Definition characterized by cheerfulness and optimism; or a tendency to maintain or quickly recover cheerfulness and optimism after setbacks
  • People like to work with her because of her buoyant personality.
buoyant = cheerful and optimistic
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Students are in buoyant spirits with the start of the winter break.
  • buoyant = cheerful
  • The young ailing girl who had caused her mother so much heartache had been transformed, almost overnight, into a healthy, buoyant maiden.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • buoyant = cheerful and optimistic
  • Every other teacher in the place was looking grimmer than usual, but Lockhart appeared nothing short of buoyant.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • buoyant = cheerful and optimistic
  • I asked as Lucy stopped in front of me to give a buoyant curtsy.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • buoyant = cheerful
  • "That Deutscher," he summed up buoyantly.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • buoyantly = cheerfully
  • Quincey wrote me a line too, and from him I hear that Arthur is beginning to recover something of his old buoyancy, so as to them all my mind is at rest.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • buoyancy = cheerfulness and optimism
  • She had auburn hair, a curvy figure, a buoyant disposition, a quick mind, and a family cat named Chopper.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • buoyant = cheerful and optimistic
  • And, hard though it be to crush her buoyant spirit, I must persevere in making her sad while I live, and leaving her solitary when I die.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • buoyant = cheerful and optimistic
  • Every morning she woke with a new confidence and buoyancy she could not explain.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
buoyancy = lightheartedness or cheerfulness

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