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whistling buoy

noun, Nautical.
a buoy having a whistle operated by air trapped and compressed in an open-bottomed chamber by the rising and falling water level caused by natural wave action. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The wind blew fiercely round the house corners, the din of the waves and the roaring of the whistling buoy made him nervous.

    On the Seaboard August Strindberg
  • Fog often obscures the rays of the most powerful light, and it is then that the fog signal and the whistling buoy come into play.

    The Sea Rovers Rufus Rockwell Wilson
  • The warning of the ships danger came from a whistling buoy, or, as it is technically called, a siren.

    Why We Punctuate William Livingston Klein
  • The whistling buoy is also used to some extent in British, French, and German waters, with good results.

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