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 for buffing apparatus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Buffer \Buff"er\ (b[u^]f"[~e]r), n. [Prop a striker. See
     Buffet a blow.]
     1. (Mech.)
        (a) An elastic apparatus or fender, for deadening the jar
            caused by the collision of bodies; as, a buffer at the
            end of a railroad car.
        (b) A pad or cushion forming the end of a fender, which
            receives the blow; -- sometimes called buffing
            apparatus.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     2. One who polishes with a buff.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A wheel for buffing; a buff.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. A good-humored, slow-witted fellow; -- usually said of an
        elderly man. [Colloq.] --Dickens.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. (Chem.) a substance or mixture of substances which can
        absorb or neutralize a certain quantity of acid or base
        and thus keep the degree of acidity or alkalinity of a
        solution (as measured by pH) relatively stable. Sometimes
        the term is used in a medical context to mean antacid.
        [PJC]
  
     6. (Computers) a data storage device or portion of memory
        used to temporarily store input or output data until the
        receiving device is ready to process it.
        [PJC]
  
     7. any object or person that shields another object or person
        from harm, shock, or annoyance; as, the President's staff
        is his buffer from constant interruptions of his work.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Buffing apparatus \Buff"ing ap`pa*ra"tus\
     See Buffer, 1.
     [1913 Webster]

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