- a buoy having a bell that is rung by the motion of the buoy.
Origin of bell buoy
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for bell buoy
You'll hear the bell-buoy tolling when there's a swell like that.
Had not the bell-buoy been tolling to deaf ears for some time past?
There was just sea enough to roll the bell-buoy gently, and now and then was rung an idle note of warning.Five Hundred Dollars
Heman White Chaplin
But I was much worried at having to spend a night dodging these dangerous reefs which were not even marked by a bell-buoy.The Flying Bo'sun
Its waters were low on the mud-banks, and the Marazion Bell-buoy clanked and swung in the tide-way.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
- a navigational buoy fitted with a bell, the clapper of which strikes when the waves move the buoy
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