• WordNet 3.6
    • v buzz call with a buzzer "he buzzed the servant"
    • v buzz fly low "Planes buzzed the crowds in the square"
    • v buzz make a buzzing sound "bees were buzzing around the hive"
    • v buzz be noisy with activity "This office is buzzing with activity"
    • n buzz a confusion of activity and gossip "the buzz of excitement was so great that a formal denial was issued"
    • n buzz sound of rapid vibration "the buzz of a bumble bee"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Moon was Buzz Aldrins mothers maiden name. (Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon).
    • Buzz A continuous, humming noise, as of bees; a confused murmur, as of general conversation in low tones, or of a general expression of surprise or approbation. "The constant buzz of a fly.""I found the whole room in a buzz of politics.""There is a buzz all around regarding the sermon."
    • Buzz A whisper; a report spread secretly or cautiously. "There's a certain buzz Of a stolen marriage."
    • Buzz (Phonetics) The audible friction of voice consonants.
    • v. i Buzz bŭz To make a low, continuous, humming or sibilant sound, like that made by bees with their wings. Hence: To utter a murmuring sound; to speak with a low, humming voice. "Like a wasp is buzzed , and stung him.""However these disturbers of our peace Buzz in the people's ears."
    • Buzz To sound forth by buzzing.
    • Buzz (Phonetics) To sound with a “buzz”.
    • Buzz To talk to incessantly or confidentially in a low humming voice.
    • Buzz To whisper; to communicate, as tales, in an under tone; to spread, as report, by whispers, or secretly. "I will buzz abroad such prophecies
      That Edward shall be fearful of his life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • buzz To make a low humming sound, as bees; emit a sound like a prolonged utterance of z, as by a slow expiration of intonated or sonant breath between the tongue and the roof of the mouth or the upper teeth.
    • buzz To whisper buzzingly; speak with a low humming voice; make a low sibilant sound.
    • buzz To make known by buzzing.
    • buzz To whisper; spread or report by whispers; spread secretly.
    • buzz To share equally the last of a bottle of wine, when there is not enough for a full glass to each of the party.
    • n buzz A continuous humming sound, as of bees.
    • n buzz A confused humming sound, such as that made by a number of people busily engaged in conversation or at work; the confused humming sound of bustling activity or stir; hence, a state of activity or ferment: as, the buzz of conversation ceased when he appeared; my head is all in a buzz.
    • n buzz A rumor or report.
    • n buzz Gossamer.
    • buzz See buz.
    • buzz To move hurriedly or with fuss; run; fuss about: as, to buzz along; to buzz about; to buzz against a person.
    • buzz To pick pockets.
    • buzz To throw with violence.
    • buzz To drink (a bottle) till it is empty.
    • n buzz In angling, a beetle or its artificial imitation used as bait.
    • n buzz A bur; prickly calyx.
    • buzz See buzzwig.
    • buzz Of an artificial fly, having the hackle wrapped closely under the wings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Buzz buz to make a humming noise like bees
    • v.t Buzz to whisper or spread secretly
    • n Buzz the noise of bees and flies: a humming sound: a whispered report
    • v.t Buzz buz to drink to the bottom.
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  • Kin Hubbard
    “A bee is never as busy as it seems; it's just that it can't buzz any slower.”
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers
    Dr. Joyce Brothers
    “Credit buying is much like being drunk. The buzz happens immediately, and it gives you a lift. The hangover comes the day after.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery --always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?”
  • Arthur Hugh Clough
    Arthur Hugh Clough
    “The highest political buzz word is not liberty, equality, fraternity or solidarity; it is service.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
An onomatopœia


In literature:

A buzz of angry whispering came from the crew.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
A queer sort of buzzing sound came from it.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on Grandpa's Farm" by Laura Lee Hope
A murmur of conversation began to buzz on all sides.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
So many guys buzzing around you can't get near it.
"Danger in Deep Space" by Carey Rockwell
Splinters flew back buzzing like angry bees about my ears.
"The Red Horizon" by Patrick MacGill
It's a great hum, hum, buzz, buzz.
"Quisanté" by Anthony Hope
Hence the buzz of talk rose loud, and the criticism stung the wife.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Buzzing lips, however, were among the seven "deadly sins" under the regime of Czar Brench.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
The wren King also came with his army, whirring and buzzing and humming enough to terrify any one out of his senses.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
The Gnat buzzed away to tell the whole world about his victory, but instead he flew straight into a spider's web.
"The Æsop for Children" by Æsop

In poetry:

Buzzing comes a velvet bee;
Sagely it supposes
Those red lips beneath the tree
Are two crimson roses.
"Bouche-Mignonne" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
And slowly buzzing o'er my head
A swallow wings her flight;
I hear the weary plowman sing
As falls the restful night.
"Evening" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
What is he buzzing in my ears?
"Now that I come to die,
Do I view the world as a vale of tears?"
Ah, reverend sir, not I!
"Confessions" by Robert Browning
Buzzing nigh the mourning lover,
Soon his hidden grief discover;
Then by dreams inform the fair
Of his long conceal'd despair.
"Queen Mab And Her Fats" by Charlotte Dacre
When buzzing things, with double wings
Of crisp and raspish flutterings,
Go whizzing by so very nigh
One thinks of fangs and stings:--
"Home At Night" by James Whitcomb Riley
It is midday; the deep trench glares….
A buzz and blaze of flies….
The hot wind puffs the giddy airs….
The great sun rakes the skies.
"Battle" by Robert Nichols

In news:

Second man on the moon Buzz Aldrin relives the experience of the 1969 moon landing.
School buzzing after copter stunt.
The pretty things - get a buzz/blaslaten parson sound - blaslaten.
I finally got a chance to watch that Barbara Marx Hubbard video that everyone's been buzzing about, and wow.
Brady FontenotCollins' mom got the recruiting world buzzing about her son, just not the way he wanted.
In an interview with ABC News Now's "What's the Buzz" today, the infamous R&B singer denied that Bobbi Kristina, his daughter with Whitney Houston, has ever used drugs.
The buzzed-about 6-foot-5 college junior has propelled the University of Delaware Blue Hens to their first-ever NCAA win.
Social media buzz is everywhere.
Page 1 of 2 What started as a buzz word describing the influx of consumer devices spilling into enterprises around the globe, the "consumerization of IT" has developed rapidly into a very real push toward corporate efficiency.
So there's all this buzz about the NBA declaring there will be a dress code for its players.
TelevisionWeek has eyes and ears at NATPE, with Andrew Krukowski, Josef Adalian and Greg Baumann roaming the floor and the suites to give readers the buzz in Las Vegas.
6-6 Wt: 315 Class: 2012 Recruiting Buzz: Dunker didn't start receiving major recruiting buzz until after his junior season, but it came all at once when he did.
I've never liked egg nog myself (traditionally preferring a lactose-free alcoholic buzz), but egg nog in cupcake form is another thing entirely.
There's also buzz that current CBS dramas "The Unit" and " Eleventh Hour " have been spotted on the corner of "Harper's Island" and "Swingtown" (read: they're dead).
I'm not convinced the Oscar buzz adds up, but I must say I thoroughly enjoyed "The Artist.".

In science:

Cylindrical drums—straight-sided and generally two-headed, sometimes using a buzzing, percussive string. • Barrel drums—normally one-headed and maybe open at the bottom, with a bulge in the middle.
Music in Terms of Science
But notice Boris’s small listener, buzzing around feverishly.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
This may have had important consequences on the initial life of the galaxy, for it corresponds to a large quantity of mass in form of stars that have been buzzing around the center of the galaxy feeding a compact nucleus therein and allowing it to emit energy at the levels of AGNs.
Galactic nuclear activity induced by globular cluster merging
Figure 1: (a) The LLR retroreflector being carried across the lunar surface by Buzz Aldrin, an astronaut of the Apollo 11 mission. (b) The Apollo 15 array of laser retroreflectors.
Improving LLR Tests of Gravitational Theory
Worldwide Buzz: Planetary-Scale Views on an InstantMessaging Network.
Planetary-Scale Views on an Instant-Messaging Network