• WordNet 3.6
    • adj buff of the yellowish-beige color of buff leather
    • v buff polish and make shiny "buff the wooden floors","buff my shoes"
    • v buff strike, beat repeatedly "The wind buffeted him"
    • n buff an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)
    • n buff a medium to dark tan color
    • n buff bare skin; naked "swimming in the buff"
    • n buff an ardent follower and admirer
    • n buff a soft thick undyed leather from the skins of e.g. buffalo or oxen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Buff A buffet; a blow; -- obsolete except in the phrase “Blindman's buff.” See blindman's buff. "Nathless so sore a buff to him it lent
      That made him reel."
    • Buff A military coat, made of buff leather.
    • Buff A sort of leather, prepared from the skin of the buffalo, dressed with oil, like chamois; also, the skins of oxen, elks, and other animals, dressed in like manner. "A suit of buff ."
    • Buff (Mech) A wheel covered with buff leather, and used in polishing cutlery, spoons, etc.
    • a Buff Firm; sturdy. "And for the good old cause stood buff ,
      'Gainst many a bitter kick and cuff."
    • Buff Made of buff leather.
    • Buff Of the color of buff.
    • Buff The bare skin; as, to strip to the buff . "To be in buff is equivalent to being naked."
    • Buff The color of buff; a light yellow, shading toward pink, gray, or brown. "A visage rough,
      Deformed, unfeatured, and a skin of buff ."
    • Buff (Med) The grayish viscid substance constituting the buffy coat. See Buffy coat, under Buffy a.
    • v. t Buff to polish with a soft cloth, especially one similar to a buff{5. See Buff n., 5.
    • v. t Buff To strike. "Ye mote with the plat sword again Stroken him in the wound, and it will close."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n buff A buffalo.
    • n buff A kind of thick leather, originally and properly made of the skin of the buffalo, but now also of the skins of other animals, as elks, oxen, etc. It is dressed so as to be as flexible as possible, and without a glazed or artificially colored surface. It is used for making belts, pouches, gloves, etc., and in the later middle ages came into use to take the place in a measure of light armor: as, “a suit of buff,” Shak., C. of E., iv. 2.
    • n buff A buff-coat (which see).
    • n buff The color of buff-leather; a yellow color deficient in luminosity and in chroma.
    • n buff plural The third regiment of the line in the British army: so called from the color of the facings of their uniform. The 78th regiment is called the Rossshire Buffs for the same reason.
    • n buff In medicine, the buffy coat. See buffy.
    • n buff A buff-stick; a buff-wheel.
    • n buff The bare skin: as, to strip to the buff.
    • buff Made of buff-leather.
    • buff Of the color of buff-leather; brownish-yellow.
    • buff To polish with a buff-wheel or buff-stick.
    • buff To stammer.
    • buff To emit a dull sound.
    • n buff A dull fellow; a drone.
    • n buff Nonsense; trivial or idle talk: as, that is all buff.
    • n buff Ä blow; a slap; a box; a stroke; a buffet.
    • buff To strike; buffet.
    • buff To resist; deaden, as a buffer.
    • n buff In old armor, the chin-piece of the burgonet, corresponding to the aventaile, and pierced with holes to allow breathing. The burgonet being a light helmet without face-guard, the buff was added to it when further defense was needed.
    • n buff A bough.
    • buff In leather manufacturing, to grind or shave with a buff-wheel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Buff buf a pliant and uncracking leather used for soldiers' belts and other military purposes, made out of salted and dried South American light ox and cow hides: a military coat: the colour of buff: a light yellow: the bare skin:
    • n Buff buf (obs.) a buffet, blow, or stroke
    • v.t Buff to strike
    • n Buff buf (pl.) certain regiments in the British army, so named from their buff-coloured facings—e.g. East Kent Regiment, Ross-shire Buffs
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  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “My hat's in the ring. The fight is on and I'm stripped to the buff.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. buff, buffe, buff, buffalo, F. buffle, buffalo. See Buffalo
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. buffle, a buffalo.


In literature:

Will you believe me, Margery, if I say I have not yet worn the buff and blue at all?
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
I got an incubator, filled it with Buff Orpington eggs and kept the thermometer at 103 deg.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
There was that funny game of picking up potatoes with teaspoons, followed by a rollicking romp at Blindman's Buff.
"Marjorie at Seacote" by Carolyn Wells
His own grandfather lived to ninety-seven, and died sitting in his chair, in a bottle-green coat and buff breeches.
"We and the World, Part I" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
This room was done in a real pretty striped paper in two shades of buff.
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
The French courtiers are in flowered coats with buff, blue of a deep shade, and white and amber-brown predominating.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
Chicago is gray; so is London usually, though I have seen it buff at the beginning of a heavy fog.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
I weighed a hundred an' ninety-seven pounds in the buff an' my chest bulged like a goose-wing tops'l.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
Never was Compound of more different Stuff, A Heart in Lambskin, and a Conscience Buff.
"Anti-Achitophel (1682)" by Elkanah Settle et al.
He wore the buff and black, whereas the other had worn the blue and white.
"News from the Duchy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

In poetry:

Buff pueblo in the east
on lava crusted land
hung above the river bed
silently of sand:
"Pueblo " by Norman MacLeod
His doublet was of sturdy buff,
And tho' not sword, yet cudgel-proof;
Whereby 'twas fitter for his use,
Who fear'd no blows, but such as bruise.
"Hudibras: Part 1 - Canto I" by Samuel Butler
She clothed herselfe from the top to the toe
In buffe of the bravest, most seemelye to showe;
A faire shirt of male then slipped on shee:
Was not this a brave bonny lasse, Mary Ambree?
"Mary Ambree" by Andrew Lang
She clothed herselfe from the top to the toe,
In buffe of the bravest, most seemelye to showe;
A faire shirt of male then slipped on shee:
Was not this a brave bonny lasse, Mary Ambree?
"Mary Ambree" by Anonymous British
Stripped to the buff they circled round,
And jagged and swung and crossed;
To uppercut and smash and pound
No chances either lost;
Till folks opined, in some alarm,
That they might do each other harm.
"Averted Violence" by C J Dennis
Above her, pearl and rose the heavens lay:
Around her, flowers flattered earth with gold,
Or down the path in insolence held sway—
Like cavaliers who ride the king's highway—
Scarlet and buff, within a garden old.
"The Picture" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

CHICAGO (AP) — A unique event hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will let Lincoln history buffs and fashion lovers combine their interests.
Similar to Brad Womack's intro on Season 16, ABC takes advantage of the fact that Sean is buff and willing to show it off.
Buffs reestablished defensive focus at Fresno State.
Women's basketball : CU Buffs pumped up to play No.
Chucky Jeffery has never beaten a ranked opponent during her career with the Buffs.
You can own the CU Buffs basketball court for as little as $5,000.
CU-Boulder auctioning off Buffs' 16-year-old basketball court .
A photo of the CU Buffs' basketball court , which is being sold for $5,000, included in CU-Boulder's listing on the Higher Ed Surplus auction website.
Mike MacIntyre will be given time to rebuild CU Buffs.
Don't forget about Jon Embree if the Buffs turn this thing around.
Beige is a 2-year old, male, neutered, buff-and-white cat.
Alums want the best for CU Buffs.
Former CU quarterback Bobby Pesavento led the Buffs to a Big 12 title.
Lebanon County's bicentennial year is still a few months away, but collectors and history buffs can purchase the first piece of memorabilia associated with the celebration now.
Is he the best Buffs could do.

In science:

Another interesting discovery was that each dataset exhibited a hits-buff structure, i.e., some people (buffs) rate all movies while some movies (hits) are rated by all people.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
F.P. Buff and R.A. Lovett, in “Simple Dense Fluids”, H. Frisch and Z.W. Salzburg, eds. (Academic Press, London and New York,1968).
Conjectures on exact solution of three - dimensional (3D) simple orthorhombic Ising lattices
Wong, “The first version Buffe red Large Analog Bandwidth (BLAB1) ASIC for high luminosity collider and extensive radio neutrino detectors,” Nucl.
The PRO1 ASIC for Fast Wilkinson Encoding
Thus, only a tiny buffer (e.g., 32 byte) is enough to buff the recorded execution orders.
RepTFD: Replay Based Transient Fault Detection
Irradiated gas is sub ject to a thermal instability for temperatures in the 105 –106 K range (Buff & McCray 1974; Field, Goldsmith, & Habing 1969), suppressing X-ray line emission in that regime.
X-ray Spectroscopy of Accretion Disks and Stellar Winds in X-Ray Binaries