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buff·er 1

 (bŭf′ər)
n.
1. One that buffs, especially a piece of soft leather or cloth used to shine or polish.
2. A buffing wheel.

buff·er 2

 (bŭf′ər)
n.
1. Something that lessens or absorbs the shock of an impact.
2. One that protects by intercepting or moderating adverse pressures or influences: "A sense of humor ... may have served as a buffer against the ... shocks of disappointment" (James Russell Lowell).
3. Something that separates potentially antagonistic entities, as an area between two rival powers that serves to lessen the danger of conflict.
4. Chemistry A solution that resists a change in acidity when an acid or base is added to it, or a substance that facilitates this resistance.
5. Computers A device or area used to store data temporarily.
tr.v. buff·ered, buff·er·ing, buff·ers
1. To act as a buffer for or between.
2. Chemistry To treat (a solution) with a buffer.
3. Computers To hold or collect (data) in a buffer.

[Probably from obsolete buff, to make a sound like a soft body being hit, of imitative origin.]

buffer

(ˈbʌfə)
n
1. (Railways) one of a pair of spring-loaded steel pads attached at both ends of railway vehicles and at the end of a railway track to reduce shock due to contact
2. a person or thing that lessens shock or protects from damaging impact, circumstances, etc
3. (Chemistry) chem
a. 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
b. Also called: buffer solution a solution containing such a compound
4. (Computer Science) computing a memory device for temporarily storing data
5. (Electronics) electronics an isolating circuit used to minimize the reaction between a driving and a driven circuit
6. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) short for buffer state
7. hit the buffers informal to finish or be stopped, esp unexpectedly
vb (tr)
8. (Electronics) to insulate against or protect from shock; cushion
9. (Chemistry) chem to add a buffer to (a solution)
[C19: from buff2]

buffer

(ˈbʌfə)
n
1. (General Engineering) any device used to shine, polish, etc; buff
2. (General Engineering) a person who uses such a device

buffer

(ˈbʌfə)
n
informal offensive Brit a stupid or bumbling man (esp in the phrase old buffer)
[C18: perhaps from Middle English buffer stammerer]

buff•er1

(ˈbʌf ər)
n.
1. an apparatus at the end of a railroad car, railroad track, etc., for absorbing shock during coupling, collisions, etc.
2. any device, material, or apparatus used as a shield, cushion, or bumper, esp. on machinery.
3. any intermediate or intervening shield or device reducing the danger of interaction between two machines, chemicals, electronic components, etc.
4. a person or thing that shields and protects against harm or annoyance or that lessens the impact of a shock or reversal.
5. financial reserves that protect a person, organization, or country against bankruptcy.
7. a temporary storage area that holds data until the computer is ready to process it.
8.
a. any substance capable of neutralizing both acids and bases in a solution without appreciably changing the solution's original acidity or alkalinity.
b. Also called buff′er solu`tion. a solution containing such a substance.
v.t.
9. to cushion, shield, or protect.
10. to treat with a buffer.
[1825–35; buff2 + -er1]

buff•er2

(ˈbʌf ər)

n.
1. a device for polishing or buffing, as a buff.
2. a person who uses such a device.
[1850–55]

buff·er

(bŭf′ər)
1. Chemistry A substance that prevents change in the acidity of a solution when an acid or base is added to the solution.
2. 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.

buffer


Past participle: buffered
Gerund: buffering

Imperative
buffer
buffer
Present
I buffer
you buffer
he/she/it buffers
we buffer
you buffer
they buffer
Preterite
I buffered
you buffered
he/she/it buffered
we buffered
you buffered
they buffered
Present Continuous
I am buffering
you are buffering
he/she/it is buffering
we are buffering
you are buffering
they are buffering
Present Perfect
I have buffered
you have buffered
he/she/it has buffered
we have buffered
you have buffered
they have buffered
Past Continuous
I was buffering
you were buffering
he/she/it was buffering
we were buffering
you were buffering
they were buffering
Past Perfect
I had buffered
you had buffered
he/she/it had buffered
we had buffered
you had buffered
they had buffered
Future
I will buffer
you will buffer
he/she/it will buffer
we will buffer
you will buffer
they will buffer
Future Perfect
I will have buffered
you will have buffered
he/she/it will have buffered
we will have buffered
you will have buffered
they will have buffered
Future Continuous
I will be buffering
you will be buffering
he/she/it will be buffering
we will be buffering
you will be buffering
they will be buffering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been buffering
you have been buffering
he/she/it has been buffering
we have been buffering
you have been buffering
they have been buffering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been buffering
you will have been buffering
he/she/it will have been buffering
we will have been buffering
you will have been buffering
they will have been buffering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been buffering
you had been buffering
he/she/it had been buffering
we had been buffering
you had been buffering
they had been buffering
Conditional
I would buffer
you would buffer
he/she/it would buffer
we would buffer
you would buffer
they would buffer
Past Conditional
I would have buffered
you would have buffered
he/she/it would have buffered
we would have buffered
you would have buffered
they would have buffered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buffer - (chemistry) an ionic compound that resists changes in its pH
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
buffer solution - a solution containing a buffer
chemical compound, compound - (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
2.buffer - a neutral zone between two rival powers that is created in order to diminish the danger of conflict
zone - an area or region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic
3.buffer - an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
locomotive, locomotive engine, railway locomotive, engine - a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
4.buffer - (computer science) a part of RAM used for temporary storage of data that is waiting to be sent to a device; used to compensate for differences in the rate of flow of data between components of a computer system
memory cache, cache - (computer science) RAM memory that is set aside as a specialized buffer storage that is continually updated; used to optimize data transfers between system elements with different characteristics
frame buffer - (computer science) a buffer that stores the contents of an image pixel by pixel
keyboard buffer - a buffer that keeps track of key strokes until the computer is ready to respond to them
memory device, storage device - a device that preserves information for retrieval
print buffer - a buffer that stores data until the printer is ready
RAM, random access memory, random memory, random-access memory, read/write memory - the most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on; an integrated circuit memory chip allows information to be stored or accessed in any order and all storage locations are equally accessible
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
5.buffer - a power tool used to buff surfacesbuffer - a power tool used to buff surfaces  
buffing wheel - a wheel that is covered with soft material
power tool - a tool driven by a motor
6.buffer - a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
7.buffer - an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)
implement - instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
Verb1.buffer - add a buffer (a solution); "buffered saline solution for the eyes"
modify - make less severe or harsh or extreme; "please modify this letter to make it more polite"; "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"
2.buffer - protect from impact; "cushion the blow"
modify - make less severe or harsh or extreme; "please modify this letter to make it more polite"; "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"

buffer

noun
1. safeguard, screen, shield, cushion, intermediary, bulwark a multinational buffer between the two sides
2. (Brit. informal) geriatric, dinosaur, fossil (informal), relic, fogey, codger, fuddy-duddy (informal), antique (informal) a collection of old buffers
verb
1. protect, cover, screen, guard, defend, shelter, cushion, safeguard The company is buffered by long-term contracts with growers.
Translations
مُخَفِّفُ الصَّدْمَه
nárazníktlumič
bufferstødpude
puhver
puskuri
međuspremnik
höggdeyfir, fjöîrunarbúnaîur
amortizatoriusbuferis
amortizatorsbuferis

buffer

1 [ˈbʌfəʳ]
A. N (Brit) (Rail) (on carriage) → tope m; (in station) → parachoques m inv, amortiguador m (de choques) (US) (Aut) → parachoques m inv (Comput) → memoria f intermedia
the plan suddenly hit the buffersel plan frenó de golpe
B. VT (fig) (= protect) → proteger
C. CPD buffer state Nestado m tapón
buffer zone Nzona f parachoques

buffer

2 [ˈbʌfəʳ] N old buffer (Brit) → mastuerzo m, carca m

buffer

[ˈbʌfər]
n
(= protection) → tampon m
(COMPUTING)mémoire f tampon
vt (= protect) → protéger

buffer

:
buffer solution
n (Chem) → Puffer m, → Pufferlösung f
buffer state
n (Pol) → Pufferstaat m
buffer zone
nPufferzone f

buffer

1
n (lit, fig, Comput) → Puffer m; (Rail, at terminus) → Prellbock m; to hit the buffers (Brit: plan, project) → am Ende sein

buffer

2
n (Brit inf) → Heini m (inf)

buffer

[ˈbʌfəʳ] n
a. (for railway engine) → respingente m (fig) → cuscinetto
b. (Comput) → buffer m inv

buffer

(ˈbafə) noun
an apparatus for lessening the force with which a moving object strikes something.

buff·er

n. tampón, tope;
vt. neutralizar, tamponar;
___ systemsistema amortiguador.

buffer

n tampón m