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."