American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having or marked by buoyancy: a buoyant balloon; buoyant spirits.
- adj. Lighthearted; gay: in a buoyant mood.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the quality of rising or floating in a fluid; floating; relatively light; that will not sink.
- Bearing up, as a fluid; sustaining another body by reason of greater specific gravity.
- Figuratively, cheerful; hopeful; not easily depressed.
- Causing buoyancy of mind; cheering; invigorating.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the quality of rising or floating in a fluid; tending to rise or float.
- adj. Bearing up, as a fluid; sustaining another body by being specifically heavier.
- adj. Light-hearted; vivacious; cheerful.
- adj. characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness
- adj. tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas
- Spanish boyante, present participle of boyar, to refloat a boat, from boya, buoy, from Old French boue; see buoy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Five hundred and seventy years later Frankfurt-am-Main, on October 5, 2010, found publishers from across the globe "in buoyant mood," according to London's Guardian newspaper last week -- having banished 2009's "mood of austerity," and busy toasting Alfred Knopf's advance of $2.5 million to a second-time Indian novelist Kiran Desai.”
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