Definition of buffeting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəfədiNG/


1The action of striking someone or something repeatedly and violently: the roofs have survived the buffeting of worse winds than this
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  • Hood down, clever aerodynamic design ensures that the occupants are almost totally protected from wind buffeting, making open air motoring quite practicable, even at this late stage of the year.
  • The magnetosphere varies in size and shape, and its outer boundary - the magnetopause - gently undulates like a wave due to buffeting by the solar wind.
  • Even with the top down, you get very minimal wind buffeting, enough to tell you that you're driving a convertible, but it won't feel like sitting in the middle of a hurricane.
1.1The action or result of afflicting or harming someone, typically repeatedly or over a long period: the buffeting that people are taking in lost job status
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  • With the tough buffeting that unions are taking at the moment it is a perfectly rational response for union officials of all kinds to just say, ‘Well I am going to go and do something else.‘
  • The UN charter was written to withstand this buffeting.
  • This would, in any case, not have been easy to develop, given the buffeting that the Irish economy was receiving from the end of 1974.
2 Aeronautics Irregular oscillation of part of an aircraft, caused by turbulence.
Example sentences
  • Mounted close to the wing on modified bomb racks, the tanks caused buffeting and, even more seriously, would not separate cleanly in the event they were dropped.
  • The buffeting was traced to airflow from the engine nacelles partially blanking out the tail surfaces.
  • Aerodynamic forces cause vibrations at the tip of a blade where the effects of transonic speeds cause buffeting and vibration.

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Syllabification: buf·fet·ing

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