1 [buhz]
a low, vibrating, humming sound, as of bees, machinery, or people talking.
a rumor or report.
Informal. a phone call: When I find out, I'll give you a buzz.
a feeling of intense enthusiasm, excitement, or exhilaration: I got a terrific buzz from those Pacific sunsets.
a feeling of slight intoxication.
verb (used without object)
to make a low, vibrating, humming sound.
to speak or murmur with such a sound.
to be filled with the sound of buzzing or whispering: The room buzzed.
to whisper; gossip: Everyone is buzzing about the scandal.
to move busily from place to place.
Slang. to go; leave (usually followed by off or along ): I'll buzz along now. Tell him to buzz off and leave me alone.
verb (used with object)
to make a buzzing sound with: The fly buzzed its wings.
to tell or spread (a rumor, gossip, etc.) secretively.
to signal or summon with a buzzer: He buzzed his secretary.
Informal. to make a phone call to.
to fly a plane very low over: to buzz a field.
to signal or greet (someone) by flying a plane low and slowing the motor spasmodically.
have/get a buzz on, Slang. to be slightly intoxicated: After a few beers they all had a buzz on.

1350–1400; Middle English busse; imitative

buzzingly, adverb Unabridged


2 [buhz]
noun Slang.
a man's very short haircut; crew cut.

origin uncertain


Edwin Eugene, Jr ("Buzz") born 1930, U.S. astronaut. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
aldrin (ˈɔːldrɪn)
a brown to white poisonous crystalline solid, more than 95 per cent of which consists of the compound C12H8Cl6, which is used as an insecticide. Melting pt: 105°C
[C20: named after K. Alder (1902--58) German chemist]

Aldrin (ˈɔːldrɪn)
Edwin Eugene Jr., known as Buzz. born 1930, US astronaut; the second man to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, during the Apollo 11 flight

buzz (bʌz)
1.  a rapidly vibrating humming sound, as that of a prolonged z or of a bee in flight
2.  a low sound, as of many voices in conversation
3.  a rumour; report; gossip
4.  informal a telephone call: I'll give you a buzz
5.  slang
 a.  a pleasant sensation, as from a drug such as cannabis
 b.  a sense of excitement; kick
vb (often foll by about)
6.  (intr) to make a vibrating sound like that of a prolonged z
7.  (intr) to talk or gossip with an air of excitement or urgency: the town buzzed with the news
8.  (tr) to utter or spread (a rumour)
9.  to move around quickly and busily; bustle
10.  (tr) to signal or summon with a buzzer
11.  informal (tr) to call by telephone
12.  informal (tr)
 a.  to fly an aircraft very low over (an object): to buzz a ship
 b.  to fly an aircraft very close to or across the path of (another aircraft), esp to warn or intimidate
13.  (tr) (esp of insects) to make a buzzing sound with (wings, etc)
[C16: of imitative origin]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., echoic of bees and other insects. Aviation sense of "fly low and close" is 1941. Noun meaning "a busy rumor" is attested from c.1600; that of "humming sound" is from 1640s. Meaning "pleasant sense of intoxication" first recorded 1935. The game of counting off, with 7 or multiples of it replaced
by buzz is attested from 1864. Buzz off (1914) originally meant "to ring off on the telephone."
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Science Dictionary
aldrin   (ôl'drĭn)  Pronunciation Key 
A highly poisonous white powder used as a crop pesticide and to kill termites. Because of its toxicity to animals and humans, its production has been discontinued. Aldrin is a chlorinated derivative of naphthalene closely related to dieldrin. Chemical formula: C12H8Cl6.
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Computing Dictionary

buzz definition

1. Of a program, to run with no indication of progress and perhaps without guarantee of ever finishing; especially said of programs thought to be executing a tight loop of code. A program that is buzzing appears to be catatonic, but never gets out of catatonia, while a buzzing loop may eventually end of its own accord. "The program buzzes for about 10 seconds trying to sort all the names into order." See spin; see also grovel.
2. [ETA Systems] To test a wire or printed circuit trace for continuity by applying an AC rather than DC signal. Some wire faults will pass DC tests but fail a buzz test.
3. To process an array or list in sequence, doing the same thing to each element. "This loop buzzes through the tz array looking for a terminator type."
[Jargon File]

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Example sentences
But at weekends the little gardens buzz with the sound of hedge-clippers and
  television sets.
Get the buzz on how flowers reproduce in this science cartoon.
Laughter and cheers cause a buzz of activity in brain regions that control
  facial movement.
Commercial greenhouses growers use electric vibration wands to do their own
  buzz pollination.
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