Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary


Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of BUFFER

Pronunciation:  'bufur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)
  2. [n]  a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to contact
  3. [n]  a power tool used to buff surfaces
  4. [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
  5. [n]  an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
  6. [n]  an ionic compound that resists changes in its pH
  7. [v]  add a buffer to; of solutions; "buffered saline solution for the eyes"
  8. [v]  protect from impact; "cushion the blow"
 

BUFFER is a 6 letter word that starts with B.

 

 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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 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.

 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

1. An area of memory used for storing messages. Typically, a buffer will have other attributes such as an input pointer (where new data will be written into the buffer), and output pointer (where the next item will be read from) and/or a count of the space used or free. Buffers are used to decouple processes so that the reader and writer may operate at different speeds or on different sized blocks of data.

There are many different algorithms for using buffers, e.g. first-in first-out (FIFO or shelf), last-in first-out (LIFO or stack), double buffering (allowing one buffer to be read while the other is being written), cyclic buffer (reading or writing past the end wraps around to the beginning).

2. An electronic device to provide compatibility between two signals, e.g. changing voltage levels or current capability.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: A chemical used to maintain the pH of a solution by absorbing hydrogen ions (which would make it more acidic) or hydroxyl ions (which would make it more basic).
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: aegis, annul, antacid, antidote, arch dam, arm guard, awl, backstop, bale breaker, bamboo curtain, bank, bar, barrage, barrier, battering ram, bear-trap dam, beaver dam, bevel, bevel square, bodkin, boom, bradawl, brattice, breakwater, breastwork, brick wall, bring to nothing, buff, buffer state, bulkhead, bulwark, bumper, calender, calipers, cancel, cancel out, cant hook, caulking iron, center punch, chamois, cloison, cofferdam, collision mat, come to nothing, contraceptive, copyright, counteractant, counteractive, counteragent, counterbalance, counterirritant, crash helmet, crowbar, cushion, dam, dashboard, defense, diaphragm, dibble, dike, dissepiment, ditch, dividers, dividing line, dividing wall, division, dodger, drag, earthwork, edger, electric sander, electric soldering iron, embankment, face mask, fence, fender, file, finger guard, flail, foot guard, forceps, fork, frustrate, fuse, gate, glazer, goggles, goose, governor, grader, grapnel, grappling iron, gravity dam, grease gun, grindstone, groin, guard, guardrail, hand guard, handrail, hard hat, harrow, hawk, helmet, hook, hydraulic-fill dam, insulation, interlock, interseptum, invalidate, iron, iron curtain, jack, jackscrew, jam, jetty, jointer, knee guard, knuckle guard, laminated glass, lathe, leaping weir, levee, level, life preserver, lifeline, lightning conductor, lightning rod, logjam, mangle, mask, mat, midriff, midsection, milldam, miter box, moat, mole, mound, mudguard, nail file, nail puller, negate, negativate, negative, neutralize, neutralizer, nose guard, nullifier, nullify, offset, pad, padding, palette knife, palladium, panel, parapet, paries, partition, party wall, patent, peavey, pilot, pincers, pinch bar, pitchfork, plane, planer, pliers, polisher, portcullis, press, preventative, preventive, property line, prophylactic, protective clothing, protective umbrella, puller, punch, punch pliers, puncheon, putty knife, ram, rammer, rampart, ramrod, remedy, ripping bar, roadblock, rock-fill dam, roller, rolling pin, safeguard, safety, safety glass, safety plug, safety rail, safety shoes, safety switch, safety valve, sander, screen, screwdriver, seat belt, seawall, separation, septulum, septum, shaper, shield, shin guard, shock pad, shutter dam, soldering iron, spatula, square, stapler, steamroller, stone wall, stultify, sun helmet, T square, tackle, tamp, tamper, tamping pick, tap, thwart, tire iron, tire tool, tongs, trowel, tweezers, umbrella, undo, vise, vitiate, void, wall, weir, wicket dam, windscreen, windshield, work, wrecking bar, wringer
 

 

 

 

COPYRIGHT © 2000-2013 HYPERDICTIONARY.COM HOME | ABOUT HYPERDICTIONARY