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English noun: buffer

1. buffer (substance) (chemistry) an ionic compound that resists changes in its pH

Broader (hypernym)chemical compound, compound

Substance meronymbuffer solution

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

2. buffer (location) a neutral zone between two rival powers that is created in order to diminish the danger of conflict

Synonymsbuffer zone

Broader (hypernym)zone

3. buffer (artifact) an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track

Synonymscowcatcher, fender, pilot

Broader (hypernym)framework

Part meronymengine, locomotive, locomotive engine, railway locomotive

4. buffer (artifact) (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

Synonymsbuffer storage, buffer store

Broader (hypernym)memory device, storage device

Narrower (hyponym)cache, frame buffer, keyboard buffer, memory cache, print buffer

Part meronymRAM, random access memory, random memory, random-access memory, read/write memory

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

5. buffer (artifact) a power tool used to buff surfaces


Broader (hypernym)power tool

Part holonymbuffing wheel

6. buffer (artifact) a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact


Broader (hypernym)device

Part meronymauto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar

7. buffer (artifact) an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)


Broader (hypernym)implement

English verb: buffer

1. buffer (change) add a buffer (a solution)

SamplesBuffered saline solution for the eyes.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)modify

2. buffer (contact) protect from impact

SamplesCushion the blow.

Synonymscushion, soften

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)modify

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