Definitions for: Buffer


[n] an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)
[n] a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to contact
[n] a power tool used to buff surfaces
[n] (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] an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
[n] an ionic compound that resists changes in its pH
[v] add a buffer to; of solutions; "buffered saline solution for the eyes"
[v] protect from impact; "cushion the blow"



Webster (1913) Definition: Buff"er (b[u^]f"[~e]r), n. [Prop a striker. See
Buffet a blow.]
1. (Mech.)
(a) 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.
(b) A pad or cushion forming the end of a fender, which
receives the blow; -- sometimes called {buffing
apparatus}.

2. One who polishes with a buff.

3. A wheel for buffing; a buff.

4. A good-humored, slow-witted fellow; -- usually said of an
elderly man. [Colloq.] --Dickens.

Synonyms: buff, buffer storage, buffer store, cowcatcher, cushion, fender, pilot, polisher, soften

See Also: auto, automobile, buffer solution, buffing wheel, cache, car, chemical compound, compound, device, engine, frame, frame buffer, framework, framing, implement, keyboard buffer, locomotive, locomotive engine, machine, memory cache, memory device, modify, modify, motorcar, power tool, print buffer, railway locomotive, RAM, random access memory, random memory, random-access memory, read/write memory, storage device

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