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.

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The Wildcats led by as many as nine at the start of the fourth, then slowly saw their lead chipped away by Jackson, before Timberwolves guard Jesse Hoiby dropped in a layup just as the regulation buzzer hit to tie the score at 55. Eric Trent, The Seattle Times, "Woodinville captures first Wes-King girls title by sprinting past Glacier Peak," 18 Feb. 2019 After receiving judge Mel B's golden buzzer earlier in this AGT: The Champions season, Susan immediately advanced to last night's finals, where the audience gave her a standing ovation and the judges showered her with praise. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Simon Cowell Admits to His "Disgusting" Past After Susan Boyle's 'AGT' Performance," 12 Feb. 2019 After the final buzzer, Ross spoke at midcourt with two of his former Raptors teammates, DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Josh Robbins,, "Terrence Ross returns as Magic lose to Raptors 112-101," 9 Apr. 2018 Donte DiVincenzo, center, celebrates with teammates after the final buzzer. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Villanova’s Steak Dynasty Built With PBJ Players," 3 Apr. 2018 After the final buzzer, colorful streamers rained down from the rafters. Doug Haller, azcentral, "After another title, could Suns lure Jay Wright away from Villanova?," 2 Apr. 2018 Fresh off a buzzer-beating win at Boston, the Lakers shot nearly 60 percent and scored 40 points in the first quarter. Dave Zeitlin, The Seattle Times, "Embiid leads Sixers past Lebron-led Lakers, 143-120," 11 Feb. 2019 The Bulls’ Zach LaVine missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer. John Jackson, The Seattle Times, "Cavs rally past Bulls 104-101, snap 6-game skid," 27 Jan. 2019 The Bearcats got ahead by double digits in regulation and went more than 7 minutes without a field goal as the Huskies sent it to overtime on Alterique Gilbert’s floater in the lane just before the buzzer. Joe Kay, The Seattle Times, "Cincinnati rallies to beat UConn 74-72 in OT," 12 Jan. 2019

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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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