Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An electric signaling device, such as a doorbell, that makes a buzzing sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An insect that buzzes.
  • n. A device that makes a buzzing sound.
  • n. A police badge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, buzzes; a whisperer; a talebearer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who buzzes; a whisperer; one who is busy in telling tales secretly.
  • n. A call or alarm making a low buzzing sound, used when it is desirable to avoid loud noise.
  • n. A polishing-wheel used in cutlery-work.
  • n. A pickpocket.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a signaling device that makes a buzzing sound
  • n. a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed

Etymologies

From buzz +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Miami, though, held the Hawks to five points, three on free throws, in the rest of the quarter, and when Jones beat the buzzer from the right wing with a jumper, the Heat took a 59-54 lead into the fourth quarter.

    USATODAY.com - Basketball - Atlanta vs. Miami

  • The loud buzzer is activated by a long press of a button.

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Loud buzzer phone plus GPS

  • Ginobili's banked-in buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter was shot from beyond midcourt, between the C and A in the word "America" painted on the floor. ...

    USATODAY.com - Spurs sink Suns in opener of Western Conference finals

  • There was a call buzzer going that nobody was answering, and I was overwhelmed with the urge to go and meet that person's need and press the button that switches the call buzzer off.

    sheepdip Diary Entry

  • He had just reached for a switch when his call buzzer sounded, and when he activated the screen the planetographer reported, "We can't find any such system on our charts."

    Man of Many Minds

  • Taking away the buzzer is going to take the fun out of taking the buzzer, throwing in a nearby garbage can and going to a place where I don’t actually have to wait.

    Never Stand in Line Again? - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • The buzzer was my doorbell, howling now in a single sustained whine such as had not been inflicted on London since the end of the Blitz.

    EVENING’S EMPIRE

  • They make this drink called a buzzer, with Toddy cold brewed coffee.

    cold-brewed iced coffee | smitten kitchen

  • Where the only thing you could ever get without setting off the buzzer was the Charley Horse, because it was easy to grab its little leg?

    Random House Summer 2007 Preview

  • Obviously, I lack Miss Snark's experience, insight and tolerance for pain, but the cumulative effect of reading all these entries is making me hear the hackneyed-phrase buzzer all the time now.

    HH Com 457

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