follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

nun buoy

[nuhn] /nʌn/
noun
1.
a conical, unlighted buoy used as a channel marker, especially on the starboard side of a channel entering from seaward.
Compare can buoy.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; obsolete nun spinning top + buoy
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for nun buoy

nun buoy

/nʌn/
noun
1.
(nautical) a buoy, conical at the top, marking the right side of a channel leading into a harbour: green in British waters but red in US waters Compare can buoy
Word Origin
C18: from obsolete nun a child's spinning top + buoy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for nun

3
6
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for nun buoy