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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Buffet  \Buf"fet\  (b[u^]f"f[e^]t),  n.  [OE.  buffet,  boffet,  OF 
  buffet  a  slap  in  the  face,  a  pair  of  bellows,  fr  buffe  blow, 
  cf  F.  bouffer  to  blow,  puff;  prob.  akin  to  E.  puff.  For  the 
  meaning  slap,  blow,  cf  F.  soufflet  a  slap,  souffler  to  blow. 
  See  {Puff},  v.  i.,  and  cf  {Buffet}  sidebroad  {Buffoon}] 
  1.  A  blow  with  the  hand;  a  slap  on  the  face;  a  cuff. 
 
  When  on  his  cheek  a  buffet  fell.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  2.  A  blow  from  any  source,  or  that  which  affects  like  a  blow, 
  as  the  violence  of  winds  or  waves;  a  stroke;  an  adverse 
  action  an  affliction;  a  trial;  adversity. 
 
  Those  planks  of  tough  and  hardy  oak  that  used  for 
  yeas  to  brave  the  buffets  of  the  Bay  of  Biscay. 
  --Burke. 
 
  Fortune's  buffets  and  rewards.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  A  small  stool;  a  stool  for  a  buffet  or  counter. 
 
  Go  fetch  us  a  light  buffet.  --Townely 
  Myst. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Buffet  \Buf*fet"\  (b[oo^]f*f[=a]"),  n.  [F.  buffet,  LL  bufetum 
  of  uncertain  origin;  perh.  fr  the  same  source  as  E.  buffet  a 
  blow,  the  root  meaning  to  puff,  hence  (cf.  puffed  up)  the 
  idea  of  ostentation  or  display.] 
  1.  A  cupboard  or  set  of  shelves,  either  movable  or  fixed  at 
  one  side  of  a  room  for  the  display  of  plate,  china,  etc., 
  a  sideboard. 
 
  Not  when  a  gilt  buffet's  reflected  pride  Turns  you 
  from  sound  philosophy  aside.  --Pope. 
 
  2.  A  counter  for  refreshments;  a  restaurant  at  a  railroad 
  station,  or  place  of  public  gathering. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Buffet  \Buf"fet\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Buffeted};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Buffeting}.]  [OE.  buffeten,  OF  buffeter.  See  the 
  preceding  noun.] 
  1.  To  strike  with  the  hand  or  fist;  to  box;  to  beat  to  cuff; 
  to  slap. 
 
  They  spit  in  his  face  and  buffeted  him  --Matt. 
  xxvi.  67. 
 
  2.  To  affect  as  with  blows;  to  strike  repeatedly;  to  strive 
  with  or  contend  against;  as  to  buffet  the  billows. 
 
  The  sudden  hurricane  in  thunder  roars,  Buffets  the 
  bark,  and  whirls  it  from  the  shores.  --Broome. 
 
  You  are  lucky  fellows  who  can  live  in  a  dreamland  of 
  your  own  instead  of  being  buffeted  about  the  world. 
  --W.  Black. 
 
  3.  [Cf.  {Buffer}.]  To  deaden  the  sound  of  (bells)  by  muffling 
  the  clapper. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Buffet  \Buf"fet\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  exercise  or  play  at  boxing;  to  strike;  to  smite;  to 
  strive;  to  contend. 
 
  If  I  might  buffet  for  my  love,  or  bound  my  horse  for 
  her  favors,  I  could  lay  on  like  a  butcher.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  make  one's  way  by  blows  or  struggling. 
 
  Strove  to  buffet  to  land  in  vain.  --Tennyson. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  buffet 
  n  1:  stands  at  the  side  of  a  dining  room  has  shelves  and  drawers 
  [syn:  {counter},  {sideboard}] 
  2:  a  meal  set  out  on  a  buffet  at  which  guests  help  themselves 
  3:  usually  inexpensive  bar  [syn:  {snack  bar},  {snack  counter}] 
  v  1:  strike  against  forcefully;  "Winds  buffeted  the  tent"  [syn:  {knock 
  about},  {batter}] 
  2:  strike,  beat  repeatedly;  "The  wind  buffeted  him"  [syn:  {buff}] 




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