buzzing

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 /ˈbʌzɪŋ/


For the verb: "to buzz"

Present Participle: buzzing

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
buzz1 /bʌz/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable]
  1. a low, humming sound, as of bees or machinery:The buzz of the machinery stopped suddenly.
  2. lively or excited activity:the buzz in the room before class.
  3. Informal TermsInformal. a phone call: I'll give you a buzz tonight.
  4. Slang Termsa feeling of happiness caused by slight drinking;
    pleasant intoxication:a slight buzz from the beer.

v. 
  1. to (cause to) make a low, vibrating, humming sound: [no object]The flies buzzed in the barnyard.[+ object]The fly buzzed its wings.
  2. to be filled with such a sound, as a room:[no object]The dining hall buzzed with excitement.
  3. [no object] to whisper;
    gossip: The town is buzzing about the scandal.
  4. to move busily from place to place:[no object]He buzzed around town.
  5. to signal or summon with a buzzer: She buzzed her secretary.
  6. Informal Terms[~[ + object] Informal. to make a phone call to:Is it OK if I buzz you tonight?
  7. [+ object] to fly a plane very low over: to buzz a stadium.
  8. Slang Termsbuzz off , [no object] Slang. to go;
    leave:told him to buzz off.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
buzz1  (buz),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a low, vibrating, humming sound, as of bees, machinery, or people talking.
  2. a rumor or report.
  3. Informal Termsa phone call:When I find out, I'll give you a buzz.
  4. Slang Terms
    • a feeling of intense enthusiasm, excitement, or exhilaration:I got a terrific buzz from those Pacific sunsets.
    • a feeling of slight intoxication.
  5. Slang Termshave or  get  a buzz on, to be slightly intoxicated:After a few beers they all had a buzz on.

v.i. 
  1. to make a low, vibrating, humming sound.
  2. to speak or murmur with such a sound.
  3. to be filled with the sound of buzzing or whispering:The room buzzed.
  4. to whisper;
    gossip:Everyone is buzzing about the scandal.
  5. to move busily from place to place.
  6. Slang Termsto go;
    leave (usually fol. by off or along):I'll buzz along now. Tell him to buzz off and leave me alone.

v.t. 
  1. to make a buzzing sound with:The fly buzzed its wings.
  2. to tell or spread (a rumor, gossip, etc.) secretively.
  3. to signal or summon with a buzzer:He buzzed his secretary.
  4. Informal Termsto make a phone call to.
  5. [Aeron.]
    • to fly a plane very low over:to buzz a field.
    • to signal or greet (someone) by flying a plane low and slowing the motor spasmodically.
buzzing•ly, adv. 
  • 1350–1400; Middle English busse; imitative

buzz2  (buz),USA pronunciation n. [Slang.]
  1. a man's very short haircut;
    crew cut.
  • origin, originally uncertain


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

buzz /bʌz/ n
  1. a rapidly vibrating humming sound, as that of a prolonged z or of a bee in flight
  2. a low sound, as of many voices in conversation
  3. a rumour; report; gossip
  4. informal a telephone call: I'll give you a buzz
  5. slang a pleasant sensation, as from a drug such as cannabis
  6. a sense of excitement; kick
vb
  1. (intransitive) to make a vibrating sound like that of a prolonged z
  2. (intransitive) to talk or gossip with an air of excitement or urgency: the town buzzed with the news
  3. (transitive) to utter or spread (a rumour)
  4. (intransitive) often followed by about: to move around quickly and busily; bustle
  5. (transitive) to signal or summon with a buzzer
  6. (transitive) informal to call by telephone
  7. (transitive) informal to fly an aircraft very low over (an object): to buzz a ship
  8. to fly an aircraft very close to or across the path of (another aircraft), esp to warn or intimidate
  9. (transitive) (esp of insects) to make a buzzing sound with (wings, etc)
Etymology: 16th Century: of imitative origin

ˈbuzzing n , adj



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