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 Walker had a chance to win the game in regulation, but his 18-footer at the buzzer caromed off the rim. Adam Himmelsbach,, "Celtics showed their toughness against Clippers, and nobody was better than Jayson Tatum," 14 Feb. 2020 Louisville Courier Journal Turner Scott's 3-pointer at the buzzer kept Bellarmine in its current slump as the Knights fell to Truman State 61-60 on Thursday night at Knights Hall. The Courier-Journal, "Bellarmine basketball loses to Truman State on buzzer-beater, Quincy visits next," 14 Feb. 2020 Howard's three-pointer at the buzzer gave him 1,408 career points, moving him past former Syracuse star Lawrence Moten to become the all-time leading scorer in Big East history. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Villanova 72, Marquette 71: Markus Howard sets Big East scoring record but frantic comeback falls just short," 12 Feb. 2020 Westlake 73, Avon 71: Freshman guard Will Ostrowski found Joe Klessel under the basket at the buzzer to lift Westlake at home in the SWC. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 8 Cleveland Heights takes care of Bedford, rematch with No. 19 Lorain next: Tuesday’s boys basketball scoreboard," 5 Feb. 2020 Jones hit all three free throws, and UTSA was unable to get a shot at the buzzer. Greg Luca,, "UTSA endures disappointing loss to last-place Middle Tennessee," 1 Feb. 2020 Without calling timeout, Mangas came down and his 3-pointer at the buzzer clanked off the front rim. Lewis Bagley, Indianapolis Star, "In top-10 matchup, Marian tops Indiana Wesleyan in OT thriller to stay in league race," 1 Feb. 2020 The Saints missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer in their bid to hand UAA its first homecourt conference loss since March 2016. Anchorage Daily News, "UAA women’s basketball team gets 20th win despite long scoring drought," 31 Jan. 2020 After the shot, Williams sprinted down court and made a game-saving chase-down block on a layup attempt at the buzzer. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Basketball replay: Prestonwood girls beat state’s No. 2 team; Plano East boys win thriller," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of buzzer

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of buzzer was in 1604

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17 Feb 2020

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“Buzzer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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