1. buffer, compound, chemical compound

usage: (chemistry) an ionic compound that resists changes in its pH

2. buffer zone, buffer, zone

usage: a neutral zone between two rival powers that is created in order to diminish the danger of conflict

3. fender, buffer, cowcatcher, pilot, framework

usage: an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track

4. buffer, buffer storage, buffer store, memory device, storage device

usage: (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

5. buffer, polisher, power tool

usage: a power tool used to buff surfaces

6. buffer, fender, device

usage: a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact

7. buff, buffer, implement

usage: an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)


1. buffer, modify

usage: add a buffer (a solution); "buffered saline solution for the eyes"

2. cushion, buffer, soften, modify

usage: protect from impact; "cushion the blow"


1. buff, chromatic (vs. achromatic)

usage: of the yellowish-beige color of buff leather

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