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.

Nearby words

  1. whistler,
  2. whistler's mother,
  3. whistler, james,
  4. whistler, james abbott mcneill,
  5. whistling,
  6. whistling duck,
  7. whistling swan,
  8. whit,
  9. whit monday,
  10. whit sunday

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Examples from the Web for whistling buoy

  • When Wilbur came on deck again he noted that the "Bertha Millner" had already left the whistling-buoy astern.

  • The fog-bell was tolling, and yells of agony came from the whistling-buoy.

    A Singular Life|Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • The bellow of the whistling-buoy nine miles out, off the coast, was audible at firesides.

    A Singular Life|Elizabeth Stuart Phelps