buffer Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “buffer” in the English Dictionary

"buffer" in British English

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uk   /ˈbʌf.ər/  us   //

buffer noun (PROTECTION)

[C] something or someone that ​helpsprotect from ​harm: I ​bought a ​house as a buffer againstinflation. [C] the ​metalparts at the ​front and back of a ​train or at the end of a ​track, that ​helpprotect the ​train and ​reducedamage if the ​trainhits something [C or U] a ​chemical that ​keeps a ​liquid from ​becoming more or less acidic

buffer noun (EXTRA SUPPLY)

[C] an ​extrasupply of ​materials that a ​companykeeps 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 ​sillyold man: Silly ​old buffer!


uk   /ˈbʌf.ər/  us   //


[T] to ​provideprotection against ​harm


[I or T] When a ​computer buffers ​information or buffers, it ​storesinformationtemporarily in ​itsmemory while ​dealing with it or ​sending it.
(Definition of buffer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buffer" in American English

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buffernoun [C]

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

"buffer" in Business English

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buffernoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbʌfər/
someone or something that ​providesprotection against difficult ​situations, problems, angry ​people, etc.: serve as/act as/be a buffer Savings can be a buffer during ​times of ​financialhardship.a buffer against sth A ​specialcommittee was ​formed to ​serve as a buffer against ​customercomplaints.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 ​storesinformation before ​exchanging it with another ​piece of ​equipment such as a ​printer, keyboard, or externaldrive

bufferverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈbʌfər/
to ​provideprotection against difficult ​situations, problems, angry ​people, etc.: Interest-rate ​concerns were buffered by some better-than-expected ​earningsreports.
(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…
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