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Definition of buffer verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    buffer

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌfə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌfər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they buffer
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌfə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌfər//
     
    he / she / it buffers
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌfəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌfərz//
     
    past simple buffered
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌfəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌfərd//
     
    past participle buffered
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌfəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌfərd//
     
    -ing form buffering
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌfərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌfərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1buffer something to reduce the harmful effects of something to buffer the effects of stress on health
  2. 2buffer somebody (against something) to protect somebody from something They tried to buffer themselves against problems and uncertainties.
  3. 3buffer something (computing) (of a computer) to hold data for a short time before using it
  4. Word Originverb senses 1 to 2 mid 19th cent.: probably from obsolete buff (verb), imitative of the sound of a blow to a soft body.
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