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

His 3-pointer at the buzzer in Game 6 against San Antonio sent the game into overtime, kept the Heat season alive and the Heat on their way to their third title. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde5: Ray Allen hit magical shot 5 years ago - and his Holocaust work today," 18 June 2018 Then the buzzer in Room 500 sounded twice Monday afternoon to signal the arrival of the verdict in the defamation lawsuit against the NCAA that has consumed McNair's life for seven years. Nathan Fenno,, "Former USC football assistant Todd McNair loses case against NCAA," 22 May 2018 Previously, he's hit game-winning shots at the buzzer in playoff games against Orlando in 2009, against the Pacers in 2013 (as a member of the Heat), and against the Bulls in 2015. Joe Vardon,, "LeBron James' big shot, Tyronn Lue's blackouts, and more Hunger Games: Inside Cavs-Pacers series," 26 Apr. 2018 Isaiah Hicks, a McDonald's All-American who later played on the North Carolina Tar Heels' national championship team, hit a shot that would have won the game at the buzzer in regulation. Langston Wertz Jr., charlotteobserver, "Instant replay is coming to high school football. But will it come to North Carolina? | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018 Ogunbowale beat UConn at the buzzer in the NCAA semifinals last weekend. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Let’s revisit Ted Williams’s take on launch angle, and other thoughts," 7 Apr. 2018 A year ago, Mississippi State clipped Connecticut at the buzzer in overtime before losing to rival South Carolina two days later. Mel Greenberg,, "Arike Ogunbowale buzzer-beater gives Notre Dame NCAA women's basketball championship," 1 Apr. 2018 The Libertyville senior attempted a long-range 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime of the Class 4A Deerfield Regional championship game on March 2. Lamond Pope, Lake County News-Sun, "Libertyville's Drew Peterson the News-Sun Boys Basketball Player of the Year," 30 Mar. 2018 If Grayson Allen’s shot at the buzzer in regulation hadn’t gone in and out — twice — this might have marked No. Washington Post, "Lone dog: No. 11 Loyola joins list of regulars at Final Four," 25 Mar. 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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