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Definition of BUZZ

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Buzz \Buzz\ (b[u^]z), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Buzzed} (b[u^]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Buzzing}.] [An onomatop[oe]ia.] To make a low, continuous, humming or sibilant sound, like that made by bees with their wings. Hence: To utter a murmuring sound; to speak with a low, humming voice. [1913 Webster]

           Like a wasp is buzzed, and stung him.    --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

           However these disturbers of our peace
           Buzz in the people's ears.               --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Buzz \Buzz\, v. t.
     1. To sound forth by buzzing. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]

     2. To whisper; to communicate, as tales, in an under tone; to spread, as report, by whispers, or secretly. [1913 Webster]

              I will buzz abroad such prophecies
              That Edward shall be fearful of his life. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To talk to incessantly or confidentially in a low humming voice. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

     4. (Phonetics) To sound with a "buzz". --H. Sweet. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Buzz \Buzz\, n.
     1. A continuous, humming noise, as of bees; a confused murmur, as of general conversation in low tones, or of a general expression of surprise or approbation. "The constant buzz of a fly." --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

              I found the whole room in a buzz of politics.
                                                    --Addison. [1913 Webster]

              There is a buzz all around regarding the sermon.
                                                    --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

     2. A whisper; a report spread secretly or cautiously. [1913 Webster]

              There's a certain buzz
              Of a stolen marriage.                 --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Phonetics) The audible friction of voice consonants. --H. Sweet. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

buzz
   vi.

      1. Of a program, to run with no indication of progress and perhaps without guarantee of ever finishing; esp. said of programs thought to be executing tight loops 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, esp. by applying an AC rather than DC signal. Some wire faults will pass DC tests but fail an AC 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.?


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

279 Moby Thesaurus words for "buzz":
     DDD, Indian file, alert, array, articulation, assibilate, assibilation, bank, bark, bawl, belch, bellow, birr, blare, blat, blubber, bombilate, bombinate, boom, bray, breathe, bruit, bum, bumble, burr, bustle, busy signal, buzz, buzz about, cackle, call, call up, canard, catena, catenation, caw, chain, chain reaction, chaining, chant, chirp, chirr, clang, clangor, clank, clash, common talk, concatenation, confide, confide to, connection, consecution, continuum, coo, course, craunch, croak, crow, crump, crunch, cry, cycle, descent, dial, dial tone, direct distance dialing, drawl, drone, effervesce, effervescence, effervescing, endless belt, endless round, entrust with information, exclaim, ferment, file, filiation, fizz, fizzle, fizzling, flute, flutter, flying rumor, frication, frictional rustling, fuss, gamut, gasp, give a ring, give confidential information, gossip, gradation, grapevine, grind, groan, growl, grumble, grunt, hang up, hearsay, hedgehop, high, hiss, hissing, hold the phone, hum, hurry about, hush, hushing, idea afloat, jangle, jar, keen, kick, latrine rumor, let in on, let next to, lilt, line, lineage, lisp, listen in, local call, long distance, long-distance call, make a call, make a fuss, mention privately, mobile call, monotone, mumble, murmur, mutter, news stirring, nexus, on-dit, pant, paresthesia, pendulum, periodicity, person-to-person call, phone, phone call, pins and needles, pipe, plenum, powder train, prickle, prickles, prickling, progression, purr, put hep, put next to, queue, range, rank, rasp, recurrence, report, reticulation, rhonchus, ring, ring off, ring up, roar, roorback, rotation, round, routine, row, rumble, rumor, run, rush about, rush around, scale, scranch, scrape, scratch, scream, screech, scrunch, scuttlebutt, sensation, sequence, series, shriek, shush, shushing, sibilance, sibilate, sibilation, siffle, sigh, sigmatism, signal, sing, single file, siss, sissing, sizz, sizzle, sizzling, snap, snarl, sneeze, sneezing, sniff, sniffle, snore, snort, snuff, snuffle, sob, spectrum, spit, splutter, sputter, squall, squash, squawk, squeal, squelch, squish, station-to-station call, sternutation, stertor, stimulation, sting, stinging, stir, string, strum, succession, summon, swath, swish, talk, tear around, telephone, telephone call, thread, thrill, thrum, thunder, tier, tingle, tingling, tip, tip off, toll call, town talk, train, trumpet, twang, unconfirmed report, undercurrent, urtication, wail, warble, wheeze, whine, whir, whish, whisper, whistle, whistling, white noise, whiz, whiz about, whoosh, windrow, yap, yawp, yell, yelp, zip


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