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1713, from buoyant + -cy. Figurative sense (of spirits, etc.) is from 1819.
The force that causes objects to float. According to the principle of Archimedes, when a solid is placed in a fluid (a liquid or a gas), it is subject to an upward force equal in magnitude to the weight of the fluid it has displaced.