buzz·​er | \ˈbə-zər \

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

In particular, Howie Mandel, who chose Courtney for his golden buzzer, couldn't stop laying on the compliments. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Defend Courtney Hadwin After Critics Say It Wasn’t Her Best Night," 19 Sep. 2018 The Crosby Street loft was on the second floor, and visitors would either hit the buzzer, which Basquiat had labeled tar in trademark Samo handwriting, or call up from the street. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 With eight 40-point games, four triple-doubles and two game-winners at the buzzer, James has never been better in the playoffs. Marc Stein, New York Times, "LeBron James Reveals an Injury, but His Destination Is Far From Clear," 8 June 2018 Or, in the case of Kevin Love: Stay attached until the brink of the shot-clock buzzer, only for Curry to toss up a turnaround 28-footer while running away from the basket. Rob Mahoney,, "Stephen Curry's Shooting Bucks Conventional Math, Breaks Cavs' Resolve in Game 2," 4 June 2018 James embraced Horford and Tatum after the buzzer, then the Cavaliers donned celebratory hats and T-shirts before shuffling off the court to receive the Eastern Conference championship trophy. Washington Post, "LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals," 28 May 2018 For example, Japanese train systems use calming melodies to signal departures instead of harsh buzzers, which studies have shown prevent injuries by keeping passengers from rushing. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "These Subtle Psychological Hacks Keep Japan's Trains Running Smoothly," 27 May 2018 Finally, Thompson missed with .5 left and with the Rockets up three, Curry missed at the buzzer, with the Rockets taking the toughest of wins. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets rally in thrilling fourth quarter, hold off Warriors to even series," 22 May 2018 Matthew Hilburn from Scott White at the buzzer, and @MPFriars leads @Fords_Lacrosse 11-2 at halftime of the Inter-Ac postseason championship at Cabrini. Aaron Carter,, "Malvern Prep tops Haverford School for Inter-Ac lacrosse title," 21 May 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 \

Kids Definition of buzzer

: an electric signaling device that makes a buzzing sound

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