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BUOY. A piece of wood, or an empty barrel, floating on the water, to show the place where it is shallow, to indicate the danger there is to navigation. The act of Congress, approved the 28th September, 1850, enacts, " that all buoys along the coast, in bays, harbors, sounds, or channels, shall be colored and numbered, so that passing up the coast or sound, or entering the bay, harbor or channel, red buoys with even numbers, shall be passed on the starboard hand, black buoys, with uneven numbers, on the port hand, and buoys with red and black stripes on either hand. Buoys in channel ways to be colored with alternate white and black perpendicular stripes."

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Then Achilles made trial of himself in his armour to see whether it fitted him, so that his limbs could play freely under it, and it seemed to buoy him up as though it had been wings.
Occasionally, they sink a cord in the river by a heavy weight, with a buoy at the upper end, to keep floating.
The moon was skimming beneath the surface of a sea of clouds: now the black billows had silver crests: now an incandescent buoy bobbed among them.
He now began to struggle again, like a madman; but his efforts only served to bury him deeper in the tomb that the poor doomed lad was hollowing for himself; not a log of wood or a branch to buoy him up; not a reed to which he might cling
The compass, since he had learned its uses from me, had been all that he had to buoy his hope of eventual salvation from the watery deep.
Until positive proof of the baby's death reached them there was always that to buoy them up.
Its fiery rays dispelled the clinging vapors, and there, before our eyes, like a picture, lay the shrimp fleet, spread out in a great half-moon, the tips of the crescent fully three miles apart, and each junk moored fast to the buoy of a shrimp-net.
Neither was there buoy nor light nor any other mark to show larger ships the channel, and I wondered much at this.
When he came up, he glimpsed the blue-light on the buoy, which had ignited automatically when it struck the water.
He fastened the straps for her, then, with the pistol belt, buckled himself across one shoulder to the outside of the buoy.
we will fasten the end to a buoy," said he, "and that buoy will show us the exact spot where the projectile fell.
The end of the rope was carefully lashed to it; and, left solely to the rise and fall of the billows, the buoy would not sensibly deviate from the spot.