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3 definitions found
 for Nun buoy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  nun \nun\ (n[u^]n), n. [OE. nunne, AS. nunne, fr. L. nonna nun,
     nonnus monk; cf. Gr. ?, ?; of unknown origin. Cf. Nunnery.]
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     1. A woman devoted to a religious life, who lives in a
        convent, under the three vows of poverty, chastity, and
        obedience.
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              They holy time is quiet as a nun
              Breathless with adoration.            --Wordsworth.
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     2. (Zool.)
        (a) A white variety of domestic pigeons having a veil of
            feathers covering the head.
        (b) The smew.
        (c) The European blue titmouse.
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     Gray nuns (R. C. Ch.), the members of a religious order
        established in Montreal in 1745, whence branches were
        introduced into the United States in 1853; -- so called
        from the color or their robe, and known in religion as
        Sisters of Charity of Montreal.
  
     Nun buoy. See under Buoy.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Buoy \Buoy\ (bwoi or boi; 277), n. [D. boei buoy, fetter, fr.
     OF. boie, buie, chain, fetter, F. bou['e]e a buoy, from L.
     boia. "Boiae genus vinculorum tam ferreae quam ligneae."
     --Festus. So called because chained to its place.] (Naut.)
     A float; esp. a floating object moored to the bottom, to mark
     a channel or to point out the position of something beneath
     the water, as an anchor, shoal, rock, etc.
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     Anchor buoy, a buoy attached to, or marking the position
        of, an anchor.
  
     Bell buoy, a large buoy on which a bell is mounted, to be
        rung by the motion of the waves.
  
     Breeches buoy. See under Breeches.
  
     Cable buoy, an empty cask employed to buoy up the cable in
        rocky anchorage.
  
     Can buoy, a hollow buoy made of sheet or boiler iron,
        usually conical or pear-shaped.
  
     Life buoy, a float intended to support persons who have
        fallen into the water, until a boat can be dispatched to
        save them.
  
     Nut buoy or Nun buoy, a buoy large in the middle, and
        tapering nearly to a point at each end.
  
     To stream the buoy, to let the anchor buoy fall by the
        ship's side into the water, before letting go the anchor.
        
  
     Whistling buoy, a buoy fitted with a whistle that is blown
        by the action of the waves.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  nun buoy
      n 1: a buoy resembling a cone [syn: conical buoy, nun, nun
           buoy]

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