• WordNet 3.6
    • v buffer add a buffer (a solution) "buffered saline solution for the eyes"
    • v buffer protect from impact "cushion the blow"
    • n buffer an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)
    • n buffer a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact
    • n buffer a power tool used to buff surfaces
    • n 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
    • n buffer an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
    • n buffer a neutral zone between two rival powers that is created in order to diminish the danger of conflict
    • n buffer (chemistry) an ionic compound that resists changes in its pH
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Buffer (Computers) a data storage device or portion of memory used to temporarily store input or output data until the receiving device is ready to process it.
    • Buffer A good-humored, slow-witted fellow; -- usually said of an elderly man.
    • Buffer (Mech) A pad or cushion forming the end of a fender, which receives the blow; -- sometimes called buffing apparatus.
    • Buffer (Chem) a substance or mixture of substances which can absorb or neutralize a certain quantity of acid or base and thus keep the degree of acidity or alkalinity of a solution (as measured by pH) relatively stable. Sometimes the term is used in a medical context to mean antacid.
    • Buffer A wheel for buffing; a buff.
    • Buffer (Mech) An elastic apparatus or fender, for deadening the jar caused by the collision of bodies; as, a buffer at the end of a railroad car.
    • Buffer any object or person that shields another object or person from harm, shock, or annoyance; as, the President's staff is his buffer from constant interruptions of his work.
    • Buffer One who polishes with a buff.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n buffer A person who killed sound horses in order to sell their hides.
    • n buffer Same as buff-wheel.
    • n buffer A stammerer.
    • n buffer A foolish fellow; a fellow; a duffer: a term expressive of extreme familiarity, and generally having a flavor of contempt.
    • n buffer A person who took pay to swear false oaths; a hired perjurer.
    • n buffer One who buffs or strikes; a hitter.
    • n buffer Any apparatus for deadening the concussion between a moving body and one against which it strikes. Specifically, an apparatus attached to railroad-cars to prevent injury from violent contact or collision. The buffer shown above, which represents the form common on British railways, consists of powerful springs and framing attached to carriages and wagons to deaden the concussion between them when they come into collision.
    • n buffer Hence Anything which serves to deaden or neutralize the shock of opposing forces.
    • n buffer One who buffs or polishes (knives, glass, cut precious stones, daguerreotype plates, woodwork, etc.)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Buffer buf′ėr a mechanical apparatus for deadening the force of a concussion, as in railway carriages: a fellow, as in 'old buffer.'— Buff′er-state, a neutral country lying between two others, whose relations are or may become strained.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prop a striker,. See Buffet a blow


In literature:

Sometimes he would be acting as a buffer; at other times he assumed the role of coupling-chain.
"Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918" by Charles Edward Callwell
The buffer states made peace.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
There ought to be just space enough for the buffers to work easy.
"Mugby Junction" by Charles Dickens
It produces the distances and the buffers without which this kind of life could not be led at all.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The Memory Address Register, the Memory Buffer Register, and the Memory Timing Controls are considered to be part of the Central Processor.
"Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3)" by Digital Equipment Corporation
Rubbing the nails with a nail buffer or cloth will keep them polished.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
In types KXD, LXRE, and XE be sure to first replace the two soft rubber buffers in the bottom of the jar, one over each ridge.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
I shall use you as a buffer.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
If only practical, unemotional Jemima were there, to act as buffer between them!
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
They cut intricate patterns of feint, attack and withdraw, using passing vehicles as buffers.
"DP" by Arthur Dekker Savage

In poetry:

Films have rolled on by the million
In a railway scene she had to suffer
For the Southern North mail ran right off the rail
And mistook Sally’s chest for a buffer.
"The Sobstuff Sister" by Billy Bennett
The shovel was Wylie's, and swift as a wink,
He sprang into the four feet with never a shrink;
Clutch'd it: but ere he could clear the track,
The buffer beam hit him right in the back.
"Old Wylie's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
We haven't seen the vendor in the Flat for nigh a week,
And we're wishing, on the whole, he'd never come.
The confounded mine's a duffer; for that simple-minded buffer
He had salted it. The "expert" was a chum.
"Hopeful Hawkins" by C J Dennis
The chaffing young folks stare and say
"See those old buffers, bent and gray,—
They talk like fellows in their teens
Mad, poor old boys! That's what it means,"—
And shake their heads; they little know
The throbbing hearts of Bill and Joe!—
"Bill and Joe" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Officials hope rumble strips, painted buffer will steer westbound motorists out of danger.
Having an honest relationship creates a kind of buffer between you and the difficulties of the world.
Town of Plover, city work to buffer industrial park .
Baghdad since the departure of US forces from Iraq in December, which removed a buffer between the two sides.
Buffer and Per O Risman.
After securing the Dutch East Indies by early 1942, Japan sought a buffer zone between that resource-rich acquisition and Australia.
Building owner Derek Coppess, president and CEO of 616 Lofts , said he designed the second floor for offices, partly to buffer the clamor of the brewery from the apartments above.
MIAMI (AP) — The vast security operation protecting the Super Bowl and surrounding events ranges from Air Force F-16s patrolling the skies above Miami on game day to a buffer zone extending at least 100 yards out from the stadium.
As for houses, grass must still be mowed within 150 feet of a residence unless a citizen petitions the city to have a riparian buffer zone– and to date, no one has, says city code inspector Jerry Tomlin.
The record's title track, "La Música No Se Toca," or "You Can't Touch the Music ," is a swooning testimony to music 's power as an indomitable force of nature, a buffer against the undercurrents of fate and the riptides of mortality.
Dan Gilbert's casino company would like to narrow the Cuyahoga River channel behind Tower City Center to make room for more parking and a buffer space for the $600 million casino complex they plan to build there.
Introducing the New No Offset Bus Buffers.
The Old Courthouse Spring Branch forest provides a buffer for many Vienna residents from the Dulles Toll Road and Route 7.
Optical Cable Corporation's 10 Gigabit multimode, ruggedized tight buffered fiber optic cables are designed to withstand harsh industrial environments found in manufacturing plants, steel mills, petrochemical refineries and chemical plants.
Here in Jamaica Plain, where the shopping districts consist of long corridors, the extended buffer between pedestrians and vehicles makes an important first impression.

In science:

Processing delay: this includes pulse shaping, filtering, buffering delays 2.
On Superluminal Propagation and Information Velocity
The total processing delay Tp is the sum of pulse-shaping delay(Tps), receive filter delay(Tf) and miscellaneous delays such as buffering and other filters(Tmisc).
On Superluminal Propagation and Information Velocity
The correct density values from the top grid are placed in this buffer.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
Because our subvolume is not centered but rather is placed in the corner of the cube of size 2rMs , we wrap half of the buffer to the other side of this cube.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
Fig. 10.— Slices through the density (left) and velocity (x-component, right) fields on the coarse grid after a buffer region of width 16 Mpc has been placed around the 32 Mpc subvolume in the upper left.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations