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buffer

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noun buff·er \ˈbə-fər\

Definition of buffer

slang British

  1. :  fellow, man; especially :  an old man



Origin of buffer

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1749

Rhymes with buffer


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buffer

noun buff·er

Definition of buffer

  1. 1 :  any of various devices or pieces of material for reducing shock or damage due to contact

  2. 2 :  a means or device used as a cushion against the shock of fluctuations in business or financial activity

  3. 3 :  something that serves as a protective barrier: as a :  buffer state b :  a person who shields another especially from annoying routine matters c :  mediator 1

  4. 4 :  a substance capable in solution of neutralizing both acids and bases and thereby maintaining the original acidity or basicity of the solution; also :  a solution containing such a substance

  5. 5 :  a temporary storage unit (as in a computer); especially :  one that accepts information at one rate and delivers it at another

buff·ered play \-fərd\ adjective


Origin of buffer

buff, verb, to react like a soft body when struck


First Known Use: 1835


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buffer

verb buff·er

Simple Definition of buffer

  • : to protect (something) from something

  • : to lessen the harmful effects of (something)

  • computers : to put (something, such as data) in a buffer

Full Definition of buffer

buff·eredbuff·er·ing play \-f(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lessen the shock of :  cushion

  3. 2 :  to treat (as a solution or its acidity) with a buffer; also :  to prepare (aspirin) with an antacid

  4. 3 :  to collect (as data) in a buffer

Examples of buffer

  1. The trees help buffer the house from the hot summer sun.

  2. The wall buffers the noise of the traffic.



1845

First Known Use of buffer

1845

Other Biochemistry Terms


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buffer

noun buff·er

Definition of buffer

  1. :  one that buffs



1854

First Known Use of buffer

1854




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