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buzzer

[buhz-er] /ˈbʌz ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that buzzes.
2.
a signaling apparatus similar to an electric bell but without hammer or gong, producing a buzzing sound by the vibration of an armature.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; buzz1 + -er1
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Examples from the web for buzzer
  • It was a sight to behold, this copper without a buzzer taking the law in his own hands.
  • If the red visual alert light glows and/or an audible alert buzzer sounds, the circuit breaker has opened to protect the aerator.
  • Both teams will use buzzer systems to signal an intention to answer a question.
  • The offeror will provide all questions, buzzer systems, materials and supplies needed for the event.
  • In the event of a system error or failed test, an internal or optional external buzzer will sound to alert the station operator.
  • All units will have an installed monitoring call system, including a buzzer and light to the exterior.
  • For this event, the candidate uses the sledgehammer to strike a measuring device in a target area until the buzzer activates.
  • In automobiles, a detection device might be a warning buzzer indicating that keys have been inadvertently left in the ignition.
  • By the final buzzer, it went down as a reality check.
  • Since there was no whistle blown, the clock ran out and the buzzer sounded.
British Dictionary definitions for buzzer

buzzer

/ˈbʌzə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that buzzes
2.
a device that produces a buzzing sound, esp one similar to an electric bell without a hammer or gong
3.
(NZ) a wood planing machine
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Word Origin and History for buzzer
n.

c.1600, "buzzing insect," agent noun from buzz (v.). In reference to mechanical devices that buzz, from 1870 (steam-powered at first; electric mechanisms so called from 1884).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for buzzer

buzzer

noun

A police or other law-enforcement badge: I brought out the 1928 deputy sheriff's star I carried to show people who wanted to see a buzzer (1914+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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