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  ( buffers    plural & 3rd person present)   ( buffering    present participle)   ( buffered    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A buffer is something that prevents something else from being harmed or that prevents two things from harming each other.  
oft N against/between n, N n  
Keep savings as a buffer against unexpected cash needs..., The Prison Service acts as a buffer between the minister and his critics.     
2       verb   If something is buffered, it is protected from harm.  
The company is buffered by long-term contracts with growers.      be V-ed, Also V n  
3       n-count   The buffers on a train or at the end of a railway line are two metal discs on springs that reduce the shock when a train hits them.  
  (mainly BRIT)   usu pl  
4       n-count   A buffer is an area in a computer's memory where information can be stored for a short time.     (COMPUTING)  

buffer state        ( buffer states    plural  ) A buffer state is a peaceful country situated between two or more larger hostile countries.      n-count  
Turkey and Greece were buffer states against the former Soviet Union.     
buffer zone        ( buffer zones    plural  ) A buffer zone is an area created to separate opposing forces or groups which belongs to neither of them.      n-count  
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bulwark, bumper, cushion, fender, intermediary, safeguard, screen, shield, shock absorber  

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