- buffer statesN-COUNTA buffer state is a peaceful country situated between two or more larger hostile countries.
Turkey and Greece were buffer states against the former Soviet Union.
English dictionary. 2008.
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buffer state — buffer ,state noun count a country that is between two other countries that are enemies but is not involved in the argument or war between them … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
buffer state — n. a small country located between two large, antagonistic powers and regarded as lessening the possibility of conflict between them … English World dictionary
Buffer state — A buffer state is a country lying between two rival or potentially hostile greater powers, which by its sheer existence is thought to prevent conflict between them. Buffer states , when authentically independent, typically pursue a neutralist… … Wikipedia
buffer state — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms buffer state : singular buffer state plural buffer states a country that is between two other countries that are enemies but is not involved in the argument or war between them … English dictionary
buffer state — state that stands in between two enemy countries … English contemporary dictionary
buffer state — Synonyms and related words: ally, archduchy, archdukedom, barrier, body politic, brattice, buffer, bulkhead, bumper, captive nation, chieftaincy, chieftainry, city state, cloison, collision mat, colony, commonweal, commonwealth, country, county,… … Moby Thesaurus
buffer state — noun a small neutral state between two rival powers • Syn: ↑buffer country • Hypernyms: ↑country, ↑state, ↑land * * * noun, pl ⋯ states [count] : a country that is located between two larger countries that often fight with each other … Useful english dictionary
buffer state — /ˈbʌfə steɪt/ (say bufuh stayt) noun a smaller state or zone lying between potentially hostile larger states. Also, buffer zone … Australian English dictionary
buffer state — noun Date: 1883 a usually neutral state lying between two larger potentially rival powers … New Collegiate Dictionary
buffer state — buff′er state n. gov a nation lying between larger and potentially hostile nations • Etymology: 1880–85 … From formal English to slang