buffer

1
[ buhf-er ]
/ ˈbʌf ər /

noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. buffalo wing,
  2. buffalofish,
  3. buffcoat,
  4. buffe,
  5. buffel grass,
  6. buffer state,
  7. buffer stock,
  8. buffer value,
  9. buffer zone,
  10. buffet

Origin of buffer

1
First recorded in 1825–35; buff2 + -er1

Related formsun·buff·ered, adjective

buffer

2
[ buhf-er ]
/ ˈbʌf ər /

noun

a device for polishing or buffing, as a buff stick or buff wheel.
a worker who uses such a device.

Origin of buffer

2
First recorded in 1850–55; buff1 + -er1

buffer

3
[ buhf-er ]
/ ˈbʌf ər /

noun British Slang.

a foolish or incompetent person.
a fellow; man.
a chief boatswain's mate in the British navy.

Origin of buffer

3
First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain

buff

1
[ buhf ]
/ bʌf /

noun

adjective

verb (used with object)

Origin of buff

1
1545–55; 1900–05 for def 4; earlier buffe wild ox, back formation from buffle < Middle French < Late Latin būfalus; see buffalo; (def 4) originally a person enthusiastic about firefighting and firefighters, allegedly after the buff uniforms once worn by volunteer firefighters in New York City

Related formsbuff·a·bil·i·ty, nounbuff·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for buffer

buffer

1
/ (ˈbʌfə) /

noun

verb (tr)

to insulate against or protect from shock; cushion
chem to add a buffer to (a solution)

Word Origin for buffer

C19: from buff ²

noun

any device used to shine, polish, etc; buff
a person who uses such a device

noun

British informal, offensive a stupid or bumbling man (esp in the phrase old buffer)

Word Origin for buffer

C18: perhaps from Middle English buffer stammerer

buff

1
/ (bʌf) /

noun

  1. a soft thick flexible undyed leather made chiefly from the skins of buffalo, oxen, and elk
  2. (as modifier)a buff coat
  1. a dull yellow or yellowish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective)buff paint
Also called: buffer
  1. a cloth or pad of material used for polishing an object
  2. a flexible disc or wheel impregnated with a fine abrasive for polishing metals, etc, with a power tool
informal one's bare skin (esp in the phrase in the buff)

verb

to clean or polish (a metal, floor, shoes, etc) with a buff
to remove the grain surface of (a leather)

Word Origin for buff

C16: from Old French buffle, from Old Italian bufalo, from Late Latin būfalus buffalo

buff

2
/ (bʌf) /

verb

(tr) to deaden the force of

noun

archaic a blow or buffet (now only in the phrase blind man's buff)

Word Origin for buff

C15: back formation from buffet ²

buff

3
/ (bʌf) /

noun

informal an expert on or devotee of a given subjecta cheese buff

Word Origin for buff

C20: originally US: an enthusiastic fire watcher, from the buff-coloured uniforms worn by volunteer firemen in New York City

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Word Origin and History for buffer
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Medicine definitions for buffer

buffer

[ bŭfər ]

n.

A substance that minimizes change in the acidity of a solution when an acid or base is added to the solution.

v.

To treat a solution with a buffer.

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Science definitions for buffer

buffer

[ bŭfər ]

Chemistry A substance that prevents change in the acidity of a solution when an acid or base is added to the solution or when the solution is diluted. Buffers are used to make solutions of known pH, especially for instrument calibration purposes. Natural buffers also exist in living organisms, where biochemical reactions are very sensitive to changes in pH.
Computer Science A device or an area of a computer that temporarily stores data that is being transferred between two machines that process data at different rates, such as a computer and a printer.
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Culture definitions for buffer

buffer

In chemistry, the components of a solution that can neutralize either an acid or a base and thus maintain a constant pH.

Note

Buffers are often used in medications designed to decrease acidity in the stomach.

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Idioms and Phrases with buffer

buff

see in the buff.

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