There are 2 definitions of buff in English:

buff1

Syllabification: buff
Pronunciation: /bəf
 
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noun

1A yellowish-beige color: [as modifier]: a buff envelope
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  • Body fur may be black, brown, grey, buff, red, white or multi-coloured, with many varieties of face markings.
  • The whole room is a zebra pelt of black and white and that colour that has been the fashion staple for so long they've invented a dozen names for it - taupe, camel, fawn, buff.
  • In the raffle, if they call out ticket 315, chances are I'll have it, but in buff when they want blue.
2A stout, dull yellow leather with a velvety surface.
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  • The buff coat was a standard piece of clothing for both the foot soldier and and the cavalryman. It offered moderate protection against blows from swords, but was ineffective against musket fire.
  • Officers were members of the gentry who did not wear a uniform but wore their own fine quality civilian clothes. They might wear a buff coat made of thick leather, with a small armour ‘gorget’ around their throat.
  • Among others, there is an account of his exchanging the bishop's cassock for the buff jerkin of a ballad singer, and selling out his stock of ballads at a tavern.
2.1A stick, wheel, or pad used for polishing or smoothing.
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  • Further, electrolytic polishing in a phosphoric acid solution or polishing with a buff can be conducted instead of the chemical polishing.
  • The method of manufacturing a resin filled board according to claim 3, wherein said surfaces of said conductive layer are mechanically polished using a buff.

verb

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1Polish (something): he buffed the glass until it gleamed
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  • This surface is then buffed and polished with ever finer materials, like lambs wool, until the characteristic lustre is achieved.
  • When placed against the hot glass, the pad steams and smokes, forming a layer of carbon that helps to buff the glass.
  • The makeup artist has smoothed and buffed the skin of his face, highlighting the wide planes of his cheekbones.
Synonyms
1.1Give (leather) a velvety finish by removing the surface of the grain.
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  • Many of the grain defects in a leather do not penetrate into the leather nearly to the depth of the grain layer, and can be entirely removed by buffing.
  • Processing can be carried out on full grain and buffed leather of any origin and on leather fibre materials.
  • The buffing operation also releases particulates, which may contain chromium. Leather tanning facilities, however, have not been viewed as sources of chromium emissions by the States in which they are located.

adjective

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Being in good physical shape with fine muscle tone.
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  • Core strength is key to developing a beautiful, buff body from head to toe, says this month's featured trainer, Lisa Wheeler.
  • He worked in Honduras in the 1980s - a big, buff guy with a metal plate in his head.
  • ‘They were big, buff guys in caps and sunglasses, and their guns were drawn,’ Williams says.

Phrases

in the buff

informal Naked.
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  • In 1998, in the early morning hours after Montreal's massive Black & Blue circuit party benders, a man awoke in an alley, in the buff, with no memory of who he was or where he came from.
  • I'm not implying we should all be in the buff all the time.
  • Here's a hint, don't try gymnastics in the buff.

Origin

mid 16th century: probably from French buffle, from Italian bufalo, from late Latin bufalus (see buffalo). The original sense in English was 'buffalo', later 'oxhide' or 'color of oxhide'.

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Pronunciation: ˈpəNGktəm
noun
a small, distinct point

There are 2 definitions of buff in English:

buff2

Syllabification: buff
Pronunciation: /
 
bəf/

noun

[with modifier] informal
A person who is enthusiastically interested in and very knowledgeable about a particular subject: a computer buff
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  • If you're a film score buff or someone interested in good 20th century music, this CD issue won't disappoint.
  • It's the perfect partner for workout enthusiasts and exercise buffs!
  • For example, offering a net-based service costs very little and the expertise is often found among young computer buffs.
Synonyms
enthusiast, fan, devotee, lover, admirer; expert, aficionado, authority, pundit
informal freak, nut, fanatic, fiend, addict, junkie, bum

Origin

early 20th century: from buff1, originally applied to enthusiastic fire-watchers, because of the buff uniforms formerly worn by New York volunteer firemen.

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