buffer ( 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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