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Buff"er (?), n. [Prop a striker. See Buffet a blow.]

1. Mech. (a)

An elastic apparatus or fender, for deadening the jar caused by the collision of bodies; as, a buffer at the end of a railroad car.

(b)

A pad or cushion forming the end of a fender, which recieves the blow; -- sometimes called buffing apparatus.

2.

One who polishes with a buff.

3.

A wheel for buffing; a buff.

4.

A good-humored, slow-witted fellow; -- usually said of an elderly man.

[Colloq.]

Dickens.

 

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