- any substance or mixture of compounds that, added to a solution, is capable of neutralizing both acids and bases without appreciably changing the original acidity or alkalinity of the solution.
- Also called buff·er so·lu·tion. a solution containing such a substance.
OTHER WORDS FROM bufferun·buff·ered, adjective
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Enhanced unemployment insurance, aid to small businesses designed to help them keep employees, and cash payments to families are an important buffer to preventing bankruptcies and foreclosures, and easing pressure on lenders.Is gridlock really ‘nirvana’ for stocks? Investors should be wary of these four potential perils|Shawn Tully|November 5, 2020|Fortune
Elections officials also put up new signs and marked the 100-foot buffer zone around the drop box.Shouting matches, partisan rallies, guns at polling places: Tensions high at early-voting sites|Josh Partlow|October 21, 2020|Washington Post
Gaspar, whose campaign didn’t return multiple requests for an interview, recently told KUSI that the county’s roughly $2 billion reserves are needed as a buffer during the pandemic.What Republicans Say They’ll Do if They Keep Control of the Board of Supervisors|Jesse Marx|October 20, 2020|Voice of San Diego
That comment suggests Dimon sees no need to keep accumulating earnings previously spent on repurchases as an additional buffer for future losses.How JPMorgan Chase is proceeding with extreme caution—and still making plenty of money|Shawn Tully|October 14, 2020|Fortune
There are also laws against voter intimidation that could prevent armed civilians from being in the area even if outside the buffer, according to election officials in Minnesota.Former Special Forces sought by business group to guard polling sites in Minnesota, company says|Josh Partlow|October 9, 2020|Washington Post
Their squeaky clean image has been excessively buffered through the years, even after the band broke up.98 Degrees Released a New Song About Their Penises|Kevin Fallon|March 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Buffered and enteric-coated aspirin do not eliminate the risk of developing an ulcer.Could a Daily Aspirin Be Deadly?|Arthur Agatston, M.D.|February 23, 2010|DAILY BEAST
He told me, "There is a theme in the literature about disinhibition, a buffered sense of reality."Anti-Depressant Nation|Adam Hanft|October 5, 2008|DAILY BEAST
If a high-speed buffered data channel is used, block transfer may occur at memory cycle speeds.
The development of high-speed, buffered, time-of-flight front ends has been a continuing interest at Columbia.
By such behavioral thermoregulation extremes of weather are neutralized, or at least buffered to some degree.Natural History of the Racer Coluber constrictor|Henry S. Fitch
A happy thought buffered the prick of her yawning conscience.Regiment of Women|Clemence Dane
The grand duke in the gallery leaned over the velvet-buffered railing.The Goose Girl|Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for buffer (1 of 3)
- an ionic compound, usually a salt of a weak acid or base, added to a solution to resist changes in its acidity or alkalinity and thus stabilize its pH
- Also called: buffer solution a solution containing such a compound
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In chemistry, the components of a solution that can neutralize either an acid or a base and thus maintain a constant pH.