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bell buoy

noun Nautical.
  1. a buoy having a bell that is rung by the motion of the buoy.
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Origin of bell buoy

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples of bell buoy

  • You'll hear the bell-buoy tolling when there's a swell like that.

    The Tidal Wave and Other Stories

    Ethel May Dell

  • 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

    Arthur Mason

  • Its waters were low on the mud-banks, and the Marazion Bell-buoy clanked and swung in the tide-way.

British Dictionary definitions for bell buoy

bell buoy

  1. a navigational buoy fitted with a bell, the clapper of which strikes when the waves move the buoy
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