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Meaning of BUFFER

Pronunciation:  'bufur

WordNet Dictionary
  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
\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

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

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).
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