buzz·​er ˈbə-zər How to pronounce buzzer (audio)
: one that buzzes
specifically : an electric signaling device that makes a buzzing sound
: 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 James had a chance to tie at the buzzer, but his three-point shot in front of the Dallas bench hit the front of the rim. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2023 Right at the buzzer, GQ magazine has touched down to host its annual Men of the Year celebration on Thursday night, an event that has evolved from a besuited people-watching exercise to an experimental mens fashion showcase and vital pre-Oscars schmooze. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 But living comfortably in a city of sirens and 4 a.m. door buzzers did take some retrofitting. Curbed, 7 Aug. 2023 The Magic, who scored 20 second-chance points, had a chance to force overtime at the buzzer off an offensive rebound, but Jalen Suggs’ shot rimmed out. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023 This is used to handle I/O: The microcontroller manages a keyboard, buzzer, the expansion protocol, and a microSD card for storage. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Oct. 2023 After the final buzzer, Plum ran over to Waller to celebrate, and the lovebirds exchanged a kiss as cameras caught the sweet moment. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 19 Oct. 2023 The team enjoyed an emotional celebration on the court after the final buzzer as commissioner Cathy Engelbert addressed the 2023 champions. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 19 Oct. 2023 The succession of injuries that has arrived like so many buzzers in a game of Operation has made the lefthander’s appearances on the mound infrequent over the last four years. Alex Speier,, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of buzzer was in 1604

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“Buzzer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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buzz·​er ˈbəz-ər How to pronounce buzzer (audio)
: an electric signaling device that makes a buzzing sound

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