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Noun: buffer  bú-fu(r)
  1. (chemistry) an ionic compound that resists changes in its pH
  2. A neutral zone between two rival powers that is created in order to diminish the danger of conflict
    - buffer zone
  3. An inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
    - fender, cowcatcher, pilot
  4. (computing) 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
    - buffer storage, buffer store
  5. A power tool used to buff surfaces
    - polisher
  6. A cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact
    - fender
  7. An implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)
    - buff
  8. [Brit] (derogatory or affectionate) an amusingly eccentric, grumpy or old-fashioned old man
    - codger, old codger
Verb: buffer  bú-fu(r)
  1. Add a buffer (a solution)
    "buffered saline solution for the eyes"
  2. Protect from impact
    "buffer the blow";
    - cushion, soften

Derived forms: buffers, buffered, buffering

Type of: chemical compound, compound, device, framework, graybeard [US], greybeard [Brit, Cdn], implement, memory device, Methuselah, modify, old man, power tool, storage device, zone

Part of: auto, autocar [archaic], automobile, buffer solution, car, engine, loco, locomotive, locomotive engine, machine, motorcar, railroad locomotive [N. Amer], railway locomotive [Brit, Cdn], RAM, random access memory, random memory, random-access memory, read/write memory

Encyclopedia: Buffer