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BUFFER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does buffer mean? 

BUFFER (noun)
  The noun BUFFER has 6 senses:

1. an ionic compound that resists changes in its pH
2. an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
3. (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
4. a power tool used to buff surfaces
5. a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to contact
6. an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)

  Familiarity information: BUFFER used as a noun is common.


BUFFER (verb)
  The verb BUFFER has 2 senses:

1. add a buffer (a solution)
2. protect from impact

  Familiarity information: BUFFER used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BUFFER (noun)


Sense 1buffer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An ionic compound that resists changes in its pH

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("buffer" is a kind of...):

chemical compound; compound ((chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight)

Holonyms ("buffer" is a substance of...):

buffer solution (a solution containing a buffer)


Sense 2buffer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

cowcatcher; fender; buffer; pilot

Hypernyms ("buffer" is a kind of...):

frame; framework; framing (a structure supporting or containing something)

Holonyms ("buffer" is a part of...):

engine; locomotive; locomotive engine; railway locomotive (a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks)


Sense 3buffer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

buffer storage; buffer store; buffer

Hypernyms ("buffer" is a kind of...):

memory device; storage device (a device that preserves information for retrieval)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "buffer"):

cache; memory cache ((computer science) RAM memory that is set aside as a specialized buffer storage that is continually updated; used to optimize data transfers between system elements with different characteristics)

frame buffer ((computer science) a buffer that stores the contents of an image pixel by pixel)

keyboard buffer (a buffer that keeps track of key strokes until the computer is ready to respond to them)

print buffer (a buffer that stores data until the printer is ready)

Holonyms ("buffer" is a part of...):

RAM; random access memory; random memory; random-access memory; read/write memory (the most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on; an integrated circuit memory chip allows information to be stored or accessed in any order and all storage locations are equally accessible)


Sense 4buffer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A power tool used to buff surfaces

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

polisher; buffer

Hypernyms ("buffer" is a kind of...):

power tool (a tool driven by a motor)

Meronyms (parts of "buffer"):

buffing wheel (a wheel that is covered with soft material)


Sense 5buffer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cushion-like device that reduces shock due to contact

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

fender; buffer

Hypernyms ("buffer" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Holonyms ("buffer" is a part of...):

auto; automobile; car; machine; motorcar (a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine)


Sense 6buffer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

buff; buffer

Hypernyms ("buffer" is a kind of...):

implement (instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end)


BUFFER (verb)


Sense 1buffer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Add a buffer (a solution)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

buffered saline solution for the eyes

Hypernyms (to "buffer" is one way to...):

modify (make less severe or harsh or extreme)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2buffer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Protect from impact

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

cushion; buffer; soften

Context example:

cushion the blow

Hypernyms (to "buffer" is one way to...):

modify (make less severe or harsh or extreme)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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