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

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British Dictionary definitions for buffered

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

buffer

2
/ (ˈbʌfə) /

noun

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

buffer

3
/ (ˈbʌfə) /

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

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Word Origin and History for buffered
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Medicine definitions for buffered

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 buffered

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 buffered

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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