buffet

1 [buhf-it]
noun
1.
a blow, as with the hand or fist.
2.
a violent shock or concussion.
verb (used with object), buffeted, buffeting.
3.
to strike, as with the hand or fist.
4.
to strike against or push repeatedly: The wind buffeted the house.
5.
to contend against; battle.
verb (used without object), buffeted, buffeting.
6.
to struggle with blows of hand or fist.
7.
to force one's way by a fight, struggle, etc.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Old French buffe a blow + -et -et

buffeter, noun
unbuffeted, adjective


3. slap, cuff, box, hit, sock, wallop.
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buffet1
 
n
1.  a counter where light refreshments are served
2.  a.  a meal at which guests help themselves from a number of dishes and often eat standing up
 b.  (as modifier): a buffet lunch
3.  a piece of furniture used from medieval times to the 18th century for displaying plates, etc and typically comprising one or more cupboards and some open shelves
4.  dialect (Scot), (Northern English) a kind of low stool, pouffe, or hassock
 
[C18: from French, of unknown origin]

buffet2 (ˈbʌfɪt)
 
vb , -fets, -feting, -feted
1.  (tr) to knock against or about; batter: the wind buffeted the boat
2.  (tr) to hit, esp with the fist; cuff
3.  to force (one's way), as through a crowd
4.  (intr) to struggle; battle
 
n
5.  a blow, esp with a fist or hand
6.  aerodynamic excitation of an aircraft structure by separated flows
 
[C13: from Old French buffeter, from buffet a light blow, from buffe, of imitative origin]
 
'buffeter2
 
n

Buffet (French byfɛ)
 
n
Bernard (bɛrnar). 1928--99, French painter and engraver. His works are characterized by sombre tones and thin angular forms

buffeting (ˈbʌfɪtɪŋ)
 
n
response of an aircraft structure to buffet, esp an irregular oscillation of the tail

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Word Origin & History

buffet
early 13c., from O.Fr. bufet "slap, punch," dim. of bufe "a blow, puff of wind," probably echoic of the sound of something soft being hit.

buffet
"table," 1718, from Fr. bufet "bench, stool, sideboard," 12c., of uncertain origin. Sense extended 1888 to "meal served from a buffet."
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Example sentences
Not an easy task, considering the economic and political turmoil that is
  currently buffeting many nations around the world.
Meantime, out in the world, immense changes were buffeting the profession.
The orcas killed the gray by drowning and buffeting it.
Buffeting vibration is the vibration produced by turbulence.
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