Definition of buzzer in English:



  • An electrical device that makes a buzzing noise and is used for signalling.

    • ‘The children learnt a lot of interesting things and were able to put their learning into practice as they busied themselves into putting electrical circuits together and making light bulbs glow and buzzers buzz!’
    • ‘I couldn't swear to it, what with scissors snipping and buzzers buzzing, but I think the young lad was asking his dad why you still needed a haircut when you were going bald.’
    • ‘Many business people just could not afford armed security personnel, so many settled for cheap electronic buzzers.’
    • ‘Trains have those horrible hand-operated electronic buzzers.’
    • ‘As fluent with their bodies as with language, they sing, sort papers, go berserk, and snap to attention when buzzers go off, signaling the need to receive of send messages.’
    • ‘Observational studies have found no evidence that insect electrocuters and ultrasonic buzzers reduce bites to humans from infected anopheline mosquitoes.’
    • ‘Billy noticed a red light above the office door with an electric buzzer to announce a vacancy.’
    • ‘It's also used for electrical components for schools, to demonstrate circuits with tiny solar panels and windmills as well as the traditional buzzers, lights and switches.’
    • ‘It was routine on the ward that mothers were given buzzers and they used them to call us for assistance.’
    • ‘We successfully used biofeedback devices (basically moisture sensors linked to buzzers to wake the children up when necessary) together with a rewards programme.’
    • ‘Doorbells are available in a variety of sounds, from chimes or buzzers to recorded sound tracks.’
    • ‘An emergency-stop pushbutton can be used in conjunction with a buzzer to help improve safety in the workplace.’
    • ‘It's time to go up to your front door, Mother, and ring the rattling buzzer of a bell, the door with two curved fangs.’
    • ‘Traffic wardens will be able to contact drivers causing an obstruction through a special buzzer on their van windscreens.’
    • ‘So well in fact the buzzer was pushed and the cameras were switched off.’
    • ‘Alarm devices, all activated by micturition, included bells, buzzers, lights, and vibrators.’
    • ‘A minute or two later, the door buzzer was ringing at my door, I went and buzzed back.’
    • ‘We have security buzzers for entry to our flats and night after night, day after day, they ring the buzzer.’
    • ‘Ladies and gentlemen, press your buzzers… now.’
    • ‘As soon as the bar code scanner detects an overdue volume, it should set off buzzers and flashing lights, summoning the head librarian to deliver a public ticking off to the errant bookworm.’


    at the buzzer
    North American
    • At the end of a game or period of play.

      ‘Smith missed another 3-pointer at the buzzer’
      • ‘The team, which kept the ball because of the intentional foul, then missed a shot at the buzzer and St. V. won in overtime.’
      • ‘As Jason put in the three pointer at the buzzer, he won the game for his team, and his wife.’
      • ‘Or do you risk your opponent heaving a long pass from the baseline after a made free throw and making a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer?’
      • ‘But what happens if there's a 3-pointer at the buzzer and replays show the shooter had his foot on the line?’
      • ‘It's going to be like a high school basketball game that is decided by the final shot at the buzzer.’
      • ‘The game was in doubt until a three-point attempt, that would have sent the game into overtime, was missed at the buzzer.’
      • ‘And they've lost some heartbreakers, including games to Seattle and Dallas on shots at the buzzer.’
      • ‘The loud blare of the buzzer, signalling the end of the game, cut through the gymnasium.’
      • ‘A moment later, the buzzer went off, signalling the end of the game, and a win for my team.’
      • ‘The buzzer was getting ready to go off, signaling the beginning of the third quarter.’