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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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