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“… know to be factors that buffer against …”

meanings of buffer


  1. The metal barrier to help prevent trains from running off the end of the track.
  2. An isolating circuit, often an amplifier, used to minimize the influence of a driven circuit on the driving circuit.
  3. A solution used to stabilize the pH (acidity) of a liquid.
  4. Anything used to maintain slack or isolate different objects.
  5. A machine with rotary brushes, passed over a hard floor to clean it.
  6. A routine or storage medium used to compensate for a difference in rate of flow of data, or time of occurrence of events, when transferring data from one device to another.
  7. A buffer zone (such as a demilitarized zone) or a buffer state.
  8. A good-humoured, slow-witted fellow, usually an elderly man.
  9. A gap that isolates or separates two things.
  10. A machine for polishing shoes and boots.
  11. A device on trains and carriages designed to cushion the impact between them.
  12. Someone or something that buffs.
  13. A portion of memory set aside to store data, often before it is sent to an external device or as it is received from an external device.


  1. To use a buffer or buffers; to isolate or minimize the effects of one thing on another.
  2. To store data in memory temporarily.
  3. To maintain the acidity of a solution near a chosen value by adding an acid or a base.


  1. Comparative form of buff: more buff.

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