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buzzer

[buhz-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that buzzes.
  2. a signaling apparatus similar to an electric bell but without hammer or gong, producing a buzzing sound by the vibration of an armature.

Origin of buzzer

First recorded in 1600–10; buzz1 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for buzzer

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Historical Examples

  • Jim heard a buzzer and then the voice of a clerk, "Yes, sir."

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • The girl pulled the sheets from the machine and sorted them while I was stabbing the buzzer.

  • And I'll be put on the buzzer if he didn't throw the bluff that he'd never had the thing on his head.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • "Well, we might as well have him in," says Old Hickory, pushin' the buzzer.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • A buzzer was ringing in the turret, and I plunged back for it.

    Wandl the Invader

    Raymond King Cummings


British Dictionary definitions for buzzer

buzzer

noun
  1. a person or thing that buzzes
  2. a device that produces a buzzing sound, esp one similar to an electric bell without a hammer or gong
  3. NZ a wood planing machine
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Word Origin and History for buzzer

n.

c.1600, "buzzing insect," agent noun from buzz (v.). In reference to mechanical devices that buzz, from 1870 (steam-powered at first; electric mechanisms so called from 1884).

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