Definition of Buffer

1. Noun. (chemistry) an ionic compound that resists changes in its pH.

Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Substance meronyms: Buffer Solution
Generic synonyms: Chemical Compound, Compound

2. Verb. Add a buffer (a solution). "Buffered saline solution for the eyes"
Generic synonyms: Modify

3. Noun. A neutral zone between two rival powers that is created in order to diminish the danger of conflict.
Exact synonyms: Buffer Zone
Generic synonyms: Zone

4. Verb. Protect from impact. "Cushion the blow"
Exact synonyms: Cushion, Soften
Generic synonyms: Modify
Derivative terms: Cushion, Cushioning

5. Noun. An inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track.
Exact synonyms: Cowcatcher, Fender, Pilot
Generic synonyms: Framework
Group relationships: Engine, Locomotive, Locomotive Engine, Railway Locomotive
Derivative terms: Fend

6. Noun. (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.

7. Noun. A power tool used to buff surfaces.
Exact synonyms: Polisher
Terms within: Buffing Wheel
Generic synonyms: Power Tool
Derivative terms: Buff, Polish

8. Noun. A cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact.
Exact synonyms: Fender
Group relationships: Auto, Automobile, Car, Machine, Motorcar
Generic synonyms: Device
Derivative terms: Fend

9. Noun. An implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring).
Exact synonyms: Buff
Generic synonyms: Implement
Derivative terms: Buff, Buff

Definition of Buffer

1. n. 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.

Definition of Buffer

1. Noun. Someone or something that buffs. ¹

2. Noun. (chemistry) A solution used to stabilize the pH (acidity) of a liquid. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) A portion of memory set aside to store data, often before it is sent to an external device or as it is received from an external device. ¹

4. Noun. (''mechanical'') Anything used to maintain slack or isolate different objects. ¹

5. Noun. (telecommunications) A routine or storage medium used to compensate for a difference in rate of flow of data, or time of occurrence of events, when transferring data from one device to another. ¹

6. Noun. (rail) A device on trains and carriages designed to cushion the impact between them. ¹

7. Noun. (rail) The metal barrier to help prevent trains from running off the end of the track. ¹

8. Noun. An isolating circuit, often an amplifier, used to minimize the influence of a driven circuit on the driving circuit. ¹

9. Noun. In international relations, a buffer zone (such as a demilitarized zone) or a buffer state. ¹

10. Noun. ¹

11. Verb. To use a buffer or buffers; to isolate or minimize the effects of one thing on another. ¹

12. Verb. (computing) To store data in memory temporarily. ¹

13. Adjective. (comparative of buff) ¹

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Definition of Buffer

1. to cushion [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: cushion

Medical Definition of Buffer

1. A system that acts to minimise the change in concentration of a specific chemical species in solution against addition or depletion of this species. PH buffers: weak acids or weak bases in aqueous solution. The working range is given by pKa +/ 1. Metal ion buffers: a metal ion chelator for example EDTA, partially saturated by the metal ion acts, as a buffer for the metal ion. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Buffer

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Literary usage of Buffer

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1. The Car-builder's Dictionary: An Illustrated Vocabulary of Terms which by Master Car-Builders' Association, Matthias Nace Forney, Arthur Mellen Wellington, Leander Garey, Calvin A. Smith (1906)
"buffer Band (Street Cars). A band of iron or steel fastened to the face of ... buffer Bar. A wrought iron bar at the end of a car carrying a buffer Plate, ..."

2. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"I.+ П + SUCCINATE - buffer V =. + F ! ii -и и=о « ? ... For the oxidations of several different sulfides in a common buffer the values of both KR and kt are ..."

3. Car Builders' Cyclopedia of American Practice by American Railway Association, Master Car Builders' Association, Mechanical Division, Association of American Railroads (1903)
"cned to the buffer beam to save it from wear and bruising. buffer BAR. A wrought iron bar at the end of a car carrying a buffer PLATE, which see. ..."

4. Marine Engineer and Naval Architect (1886)
"Part of this buffer consists of means of pointing it in any direction, which will be ... The novelties claimed for this buffer are :— " A boom or additional ..."

5. Problems of International Practice and Diplomacy: With Special Reference to by Sir Thomas Barclay (1907)
"The word "buffer" comes nearest to the object, but even this term implies more ... The "buffer" zones between European and native possessions outside Europe ..."

6. Car Builders' Cyclopedia of American Practice by American Railway Association, Master Car Builders' Association, Mechanical Division, Association of American Railroads (1881)
"The Miller buffer is shown at 35, figs. 282-285, and the Janney buffer at F. ... buffer-beam. A transverse timber bolted to-the outside of an end-sill of a ..."

7. Evaluating Agri-Environmental Policies: Design, Practice and Results edited by Organisation for Economic Co-ope (2005)
"Wide (15-metre) buffer strips are one of the environmentally more effective special agri- environmental measures. All evaluation techniques reviewed in the ..."

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