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.

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That play gave the Cavs the last possession, which James used to hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Victor Oladipo says he’ll never get over LeBron’s uncalled goaltending in playoffs," 5 July 2018 Paul rebounded Klay Thompson's miss just before the final buzzer sounded for the first time and pounded the ball down in delight. Janie Mccauley,, "James Harden scores 30 as Rockets even series with Warriors at 2 games apiece," 22 May 2018 Matthews hoisted a 3-pointer toward the rim, and the shot swished through as the final buzzer sounded. Nestor Ramos,, "Welcome to the world of legal sports betting. Who’s ready to lose some money?," 17 May 2018 Still, with only three seniors in the starting lineup, the Generals pushed Bel Air to the final buzzer. Katherine Dunn,, "Defending state champion Bel Air girls lacrosse overcomes Towson's best shot, 14-13, for region title," 17 May 2018 So, when the final buzzer sounded, the portion of the sellout crowd of 18,513 that hung around to the final horn made sure to give the Pels a brief standing ovation. Ron Higgins,, "It might be all over but the shouting for gritty New Orleans Pelicans," 6 May 2018 Belinelli had a chance at another game-tying shot, but his heave was off the mark, the final buzzer sounded, and the Sixers were left stunned. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Boston Celtics stun Philadelphia 76ers in overtime, take commanding 3-0 series lead," 5 May 2018 Once the final buzzer sounded, Drake and Perkins again squared off, with the latter walking off the court, while Drizzy was approached by Cavs personnel. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Drake Involved in Heated Skirmish With Cleveland Cavaliers Player During Toronto Raptors Playoff Game," 2 May 2018 An emotional display unfolded after the game, with the Newport Harbor bench sprinting across the field in celebration at the final buzzer. Josh Criswell,, "Rhett Farmer’s scoring prowess keeps Newport Harbor perfect in Sunset League with nail-biting win over Los Alamitos," 5 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 \

Kids Definition of buzzer

: an electric signaling device that makes a buzzing sound

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