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buffer

noun buff·er \ ˈbə-fər \

Definition of buffer

slang, British
: fellow, man; especially : an old man

Origin and Etymology of buffer

origin unknown


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buffer

noun, often attributive

Definition of buffer

1 : any of various devices or pieces of material for reducing shock or damage due to contact
2 : a means or device used as a cushion against the shock of fluctuations in business or financial activity
3 : something that serves as a protective barrier: such as
b : a person who shields another especially from annoying routine matters
c : mediator 1
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 : a temporary storage unit (as in a computer); especially : one that accepts information at one rate and delivers it at another

buffered

play \-fərd\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of buffer

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


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buffer

verb

Definition of buffer

buffered; buffering play \-f(ə-)riŋ\
1 : to lessen the shock of : cushion
2 : to treat (something, such as an acid solution) with a buffer; also : to prepare (aspirin) with an antacid
3 : to collect (data) in a buffer

Examples of buffer in a Sentence

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

  2. The wall buffers the noise of the traffic.

First Known Use of buffer

1845

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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buffer

noun

Definition of buffer

: one that buffs

First Known Use of buffer

1854

in the meaning defined above

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BUFFER Defined for English Language Learners

buffer

Definition of buffer for English Language Learners

  • : to protect (something) from something

  • : to lessen the harmful effects of (something)

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


Medical Dictionary

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buffer

noun buff·er \ ˈbəf-ər \

medical Definition of buffer

1 : a substance or mixture of substances (as bicarbonates and some proteins in biological fluids) that in solution tends to stabilize the hydrogen-ion concentration by neutralizing within limits both acids and bases

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buffer

transitive verb

medical Definition of buffer

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


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