buzz

[[t]bʌ̱z[/t]]
buzzes, buzzing, buzzed
1) VERB If something buzzes or buzzes somewhere, it makes a long continuous sound, like the noise a bee makes when it is flying.

The intercom buzzed and he pressed down the appropriate switch...

[V prep/adv] Attack helicopters buzzed across the city.

Derived words:
buzzing N-UNCOUNT

He switched off the transformer and the buzzing stopped.

N-COUNT; SOUND
Buzz is also a noun.

...the irritating buzz of an insect.

2) VERB If people are buzzing around, they are moving around quickly and busily. [WRITTEN]

[V adv/prep] A few tourists were buzzing about...

[V adv/prep] She was intimidated by the number of businessmen buzzing around the saleroom.

Syn:
3) VERB If questions or ideas are buzzing around your head, or if your head is buzzing with questions or ideas, you are thinking about a lot of things, often in a confused way.

[V around in n] Many more questions were buzzing around in my head...

[V with n] Top style consultants will leave you buzzing with new ideas. [Also V]

4) VERB: usu cont If a place is buzzing with activity or conversation, there is a lot of activity or conversation there, especially because something important or exciting is about to happen.

[V with n] The rehearsal studio is buzzing with lunchtime activity...

[V with n] The capital is buzzing with rumours of possible demonstrations.

[V-ing] ...Hong Kong's buzzing, pulsating atmosphere. [Also V, V prep]

5) N-SING: usu N of n You can use buzz to refer to a long continuous sound, usually caused by lots of people talking at once.

A buzz of excitement filled the courtroom as the defendant was led in.

...the excited buzz of conversation.

6) N-SING If something gives you a buzz, it makes you feel very happy or excited for a short time. [INFORMAL]

Performing still gives him a buzz...

He got a buzz from creating confrontations.

7) ADJ: ADJ n You can use buzz to refer to a word, idea, or activity which has recently become extremely popular.

...the latest buzz phrase in garden design circles...

Sex education in schools was the buzz topic.

Syn:
8) VERB If you buzz someone, you call them, usually using an internal telephone line or a buzzer. [INFORMAL]

[V n] Later that morning Julie buzzed me.

N-SING: a N
Buzz is also a noun.

We'll give him a buzz when we get to Maybury Street.

9) VERB If an aircraft buzzes a place, it flies low over it, usually in a threatening way.

[V n] American fighter planes buzzed the city.

Phrasal Verbs:

English dictionary. 2008.

Synonyms:

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