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Meaning of BUZZ

Pronunciation:  buz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a confusion of activity and gossip; "the buzz of excitement was so great that a formal denial was issued"
  2. [n]  sound of rapid vibration; "the buzz of a bumble bee"
  3. [v]  call with a buzzer; "he buzzed the servant"
  4. [v]  fly low; "Planes buzzed the crowds in the square"
  5. [v]  make a buzzing sound
  6. [v]  be noisy with activity; "This office is buzzing with activity"

BUZZ is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bombilate, bombilation, bombinate, bombination, hum, seethe
 See Also: activity, be, fly, go, pullulate, sound, sound, summon, swarm, teem, wing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Buzz\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Buzzed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Buzzing}.] [An onomatop[oe]ia.]
    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.    --Longfellow.
          However these disturbers of our peace Buzz in the
          people's ears.                           --Shak.
  2. \Buzz\, v. t.
    1. To sound forth by buzzing. --Shak.
    2. 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.               --Shak.
    3. To talk to incessantly or confidentially in a low humming
       voice. [Colloq.]
    4. (Phonetics) To sound with a ``buzz''. --H. Sweet.
  3. \Buzz\, n.
    1. 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.'' --Macaulay.
       I found the whole room in a buzz of politics. --Addison.
       There is a buzz all around regarding the sermon.
    2. A whisper; a report spread secretly or cautiously.
             There's a certain buzz Of a stolen marriage.
    3. (Phonetics) The audible friction of voice consonants. --H.
Computing Dictionary

1. Of a program, to run with no indication of progress and perhaps without guarantee of ever finishing; especially said of programs thought to be executing a tight loop of code. A program that is buzzing appears to be catatonic, but never gets out of catatonia, while a buzzing loop may eventually end of its own accord. "The program buzzes for about 10 seconds trying to sort all the names into order." See spin; see also grovel.

2. [ETA Systems] To test a wire or printed circuit trace for continuity by applying an AC rather than DC signal. Some wire faults will pass DC tests but fail a buzz test.

3. To process an array or list in sequence, doing the same thing to each element. "This loop buzzes through the tz array looking for a terminator type."

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