buffer state
noun Date: 1883 a usually neutral state lying between two larger potentially rival powers

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • buffer state — buffer states N COUNT A buffer state is a peaceful country situated between two or more larger hostile countries. Turkey and Greece were buffer states against the former Soviet Union …   English dictionary

  • buffer state — buffer ,state noun count a country that is between two other countries that are enemies but is not involved in the argument or war between them …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • buffer state — n. a small country located between two large, antagonistic powers and regarded as lessening the possibility of conflict between them …   English World dictionary

  • Buffer state — A buffer state is a country lying between two rival or potentially hostile greater powers, which by its sheer existence is thought to prevent conflict between them. Buffer states , when authentically independent, typically pursue a neutralist… …   Wikipedia

  • buffer state — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms buffer state : singular buffer state plural buffer states a country that is between two other countries that are enemies but is not involved in the argument or war between them …   English dictionary

  • buffer state — state that stands in between two enemy countries …   English contemporary dictionary

  • buffer state — Synonyms and related words: ally, archduchy, archdukedom, barrier, body politic, brattice, buffer, bulkhead, bumper, captive nation, chieftaincy, chieftainry, city state, cloison, collision mat, colony, commonweal, commonwealth, country, county,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • buffer state — noun a small neutral state between two rival powers • Syn: ↑buffer country • Hypernyms: ↑country, ↑state, ↑land * * * noun, pl ⋯ states [count] : a country that is located between two larger countries that often fight with each other …   Useful english dictionary

  • buffer state — /ˈbʌfə steɪt/ (say bufuh stayt) noun a smaller state or zone lying between potentially hostile larger states. Also, buffer zone …   Australian English dictionary

  • buffer state — buff′er state n. gov a nation lying between larger and potentially hostile nations • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

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