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

Schools should have a buzzer system to better control access to visitors. Scott Travis,, "Report recommends 100 safety improvements as a result of Parkland shooting," 4 June 2018 Campus security has been tightened at some schools where visitors must use an intercom and buzzer system to gain entry. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Local schools track trouble via social media," 15 Feb. 2018 Six seconds remained in the first quarter against the Mavericks, and Isaiah Canaan of the Suns was using his speed to beat the buzzer by going the length of the court. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Former Suns guard Isaiah Canaan confident he'll be ready by training camp," 29 June 2018 Curry drained one of those way-out-there 3-pointers that have been hard to come by this postseason to beat the halftime buzzer and Golden State shot 13 for 36 from deep. Janie Mccauley,, "Warriors Withstand James' 51 Points To Win NBA Finals Game 1," 1 June 2018 Victor Oladipo beats the shot-clock buzzer with a high-arcing 3 over LeBron James. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Reaction to the Pacers' Game 7 loss to the Cavaliers," 29 Apr. 2018 Enjoy: When Khris Middleton knocked down a ridiculous game-tying 3 to beat the buzzer, Johnson went into full March Madness Gus Johnson Mode. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Gus Johnson absolutely lost his mind over Khris Middleton's buzzer-beater," 16 Apr. 2018 With DeRozan beating the second-quarter buzzer, the Raptors took a 53-47 lead into halftime. Ira Winderman,, "Heat go overtime for season-ending win over Raptors, No. 6 seed, matchup vs. 76ers," 12 Apr. 2018 The Gulls nearly took a 1-0 lead after rookie forward Kiefer Sherwood appeared to beat the buzzer for a power-play goal at the end of the first period. Ivan Carter,, "Gulls miss chance to lock up playoff spot with loss to Tucson," 11 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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