I. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1749 slang British fellow, man; especially an old man II. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: buff, verb, to react like a soft body when struck Date: 1835 1. any of various devices or pieces of material for reducing shock or damage due to contact 2. a means or device used as a cushion against the shock of fluctuations in business or financial activity 3. something that serves as a protective barrier: as a. buffer state b. a person who shields another especially from annoying routine matters c. mediator 1 4. a substance capable in solution of neutralizing both acids and bases and thereby maintaining the original acidity or basicity of the solution; also a solution containing such a substance 5. a temporary storage unit (as in a computer); especially one that accepts information at one rate and delivers it at another • buffered adjective III. transitive verb (buffered; buffering) Date: 1845 1. to lessen the shock of ; cushion 2. to treat (as a solution or its acidity) with a buffer; also to prepare (aspirin) with an antacid 3. to collect (as data) in a buffer IV. noun Date: 1854 one that buffs

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