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buffer

noun uk   /ˈbʌf.ər/ us    //

buffer noun (PROTECTION)

[C] something or someone that helps protect from harm: I bought a house as a buffer against inflation. [C] the metal parts at the front and back of a train or at the end of a track, that help protect the train and reduce damage if the train hits something [C or U] a chemical that keeps a liquid from becoming more or less acidic

buffer noun (EXTRA SUPPLY)

[C] an extra supply of materials that a company keeps in order to prevent a situation where none are available: "Just-in-time production" means that no buffer stocks are held in the factory.

buffer noun (MAN)

[C] UK old-fashioned a silly old man: Silly old buffer!

buffer

verb uk   /ˈbʌf.ər/ us    //

buffer verb (PROVIDE PROTECTION)

[T] to provide protection against harm

buffer verb (STORE INFORMATION)

[I or T] When a computer buffers information or buffers, it stores information temporarily in its memory while dealing with it or sending it.
Translations of “buffer”
in Spanish amortiguador…
in French tampon…
in German der Stoßdämpfer…
in Chinese (Traditional) 保護, 緩衝物, 起緩衝作用的人…
in Russian буфер, защита…
in Turkish tampon…
in Chinese (Simplified) 保护, 缓冲物, 起缓冲作用的人…
in Polish zabezpieczenie…
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