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 Jordin Canada’s contested three-point attempt at the buzzer came up short, and the fans who had waited more than a year for the full Sparks game experience fell silent. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 First the finish in which the Celtics' final tip-in at the buzzer was a tad late and the reactions. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2022 Three days later, the Celtics dropped a home game to the below-.500 San Antonio Spurs, when a frantic comeback was ruined when Brown missed a potential tying layup at the buzzer. Globe Staff,, 29 Apr. 2022 Desmond Bane, who hit his eighth 3-pointer at the buzzer to finish with 34 points, and Dillon Brooks with 24 points kept the Grizzlies going on another quiet night for star point guard Ja Morant. Dave Campbell, ajc, 24 Apr. 2022 In the extra period, Embiid nailed a game-winning three at the buzzer against Drake’s Raptors and got some payback by delivering a special message. oregonlive, 21 Apr. 2022 After trading shots down the stretch, Jayson Tatum struck the final blow with the winning layup at the buzzer to give Boston a thrilling one-point victory. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2022 Jayson Tatum made a layup at the buzzer on a pass from Marcus Smart to give the Boston Celtics a dramatic 115-114 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in the Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Sunday. Kyle Hightower, Hartford Courant, 17 Apr. 2022 North Carolina missed its final four shots, including Caleb Love’s desperation 3 at the buzzer. Eddie Pells, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of buzzer

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 May 2022

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“Buzzer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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