bell buoy

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

Origin of bell buoy

First recorded in 1830–40

Words Nearby bell buoy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bell buoy in a sentence

  • Presently the major, booming away like a bell buoy, became aware that his audience had dwindled.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm | Irvin S. Cobb
  • But he could feel it emerging from the mist just as a pilot sights the bell-buoy that marks his changing channel.

    The Shadow | Arthur Stringer
  • Far off, mournfully the bell-buoy sent in its blur of musical tolling across the moving sea-floor.

    Cursed | George Allan England
  • The dogged booming of a gun from a shore battery sounded lonely and remote as a bell buoy.

    The Long Roll | Mary Johnston
  • The bell buoy still clanging its message, now a false message indeed, was drifting out to sea.

    Witches Cove | Roy J. Snell

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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