buffer Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “buffer” in the English Dictionary

"buffer" in British English

See all translations

buffernoun

uk   /ˈbʌf.ər/ us   /ˈbʌf.ɚ/
  • 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

bufferverb

uk   /ˈbʌf.ər/ us   /ˈbʌf.ɚ/
(Definition of buffer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buffer" in American English

See all translations

buffernoun [C]

us   /ˈbʌf·ər/
something that helps protect from harm: [C] Some people buy stocks as a buffer against inflation.
(Definition of buffer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"buffer" in Business English

See all translations

buffernoun [C]

uk   /ˈbʌfər/ us  
someone or something that provides protection against difficult situations, problems, angry people, etc.: serve as/act as/be a buffer Savings can be a buffer during times of financial hardship.a buffer against sth A special committee was formed to serve as a buffer against customer complaints.a buffer between sth and sth HR was called in to act as a buffer between managers and disgruntled employees.
IT the part of a computer's memory that temporarily stores information before exchanging it with another piece of equipment such as a printer, keyboard, or external drive

bufferverb [T]

uk   /ˈbʌfər/ us  
to provide protection against difficult situations, problems, angry people, etc.: Interest-rate concerns were buffered by some better-than-expected earnings reports.
(Definition of buffer from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “buffer”
in Spanish amortiguador…
in Vietnamese vật đệm…
in Malaysian penimbal…
in Thai เครื่องรับแรงปะทะ…
in French tampon…
in German der Stoßdämpfer…
in Chinese (Simplified) 保护, 缓冲物, 起缓冲作用的人…
in Turkish tampon…
in Russian буфер, защита…
in Indonesian penahan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 保護, 緩衝物, 起緩衝作用的人…
in Polish zabezpieczenie…
What is the pronunciation of buffer?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“buffer” in Business English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

ray

a narrow beam of light, heat, etc. travelling in a straight line from its place of origin

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More