buzz·​er | \ ˈbə-zər How to pronounce buzzer (audio) \

Definition of buzzer

1 : one that buzzes specifically : an electric signaling device that makes a buzzing sound
2 : the sound of a buzzer

Examples of buzzer in a Sentence

Their team was ahead by two points when the buzzer signaled the end of the game.

Recent Examples on the Web

From the moment the buzzer on Game 5 sounded, questions about Irving’s future began. Troy L. Smith,, "How Kyrie’s drama took him from Cleveland to Boston to Brooklyn," 1 July 2019 In Oakland, when the buzzer sounded after the clincher, Lowry spotted Ujiri trying to get onto the Oracle Arena floor. Chris Mannix,, "Kyle Lowry’s Improbable NBA Journey: From Mr. Stubborn to Mr. Raptor," 25 June 2019 When Trent Forrest got his off-balance push shot on a drive to the basket to go right before the buzzer sounded, Florida State went to the locker room ahead 38-23. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "Kabengele leads No. 16 Florida State to 77-64 win at Clemson," 19 Feb. 2019 The buzzer sounded the beginning of the round, and Bennett was kind enough to have me chase him around the ring, forcing me to attack rather than throw meaningless shots. Dan Roe, SELF, "I Was Smoking Weed to Avoid All My Stress and Responsibilities—and Then I Got Punched in the Face," 2 Aug. 2018 Horn, however, stole it right back and unleashed a shot from the corner as the buzzer sounded. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "To the final horn: Senior forward Trevor Horn's shot stopped at buzzer as Lincoln-Way East falls to Conant," 18 May 2018 Process’ puns were ready the second the buzzer sounded. Ej Smith,, "Sixers-Celtics social media reaction: Every 'Process' pun from Philly's elimination," 11 May 2018 Halfcourt shot: Darius Miller made a 72-foot 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded at the end of the second quarter. William Guillory,, "Warriors blast Pelicans in Game 1 after record-breaking first half," 28 Apr. 2018 Nathaniel Frampton covers his ears as the buzzer sounds during a 2015 Beach Ball Classic game with family member Jackie Bailey at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. David Scott, charlotteobserver, "How Davidson's Luke Frampton faced a serious knee injury with a unique perspective | Charlotte Observer," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of buzzer

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of buzzer

: an electric device that makes a loud sound


buzz·​er | \ ˈbə-zər How to pronounce buzzer (audio) \

Kids Definition of buzzer

: an electric signaling device that makes a buzzing sound

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