Definition of buffeting in English:



  • 1The action of striking someone or something repeatedly and violently.

    ‘the roofs have survived the buffeting of worse winds than this’
    • ‘The ship rocked violently, groaning and creaking with the weight and buffeting of the waves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But at times they suffered a severe buffeting and were magnificent in the way they rose to the challenge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Will he be able to keep his grip through this buffeting?’
    • ‘The under-21 lads had taken such a buffeting from the weather on the opening day that they seemed unable to take advantage of improved conditions.’
    • ‘The hull above the sphere is built to withstand the buffeting of surface waves and towing but is not designed nor required to resist deep sea pressures because of the unique method of operation.’
    • ‘They take the kicks and the buffeting from large animals rather more often than is reported and the risk of serious injury is always present.’
    • ‘The wind was rising and the heavy buffeting caused many of the fabric coverings to split.’
    • ‘Yesterday, a fair old wind gusted in off the waves and, for the first time this week, gave the grandstands, galleries and flapping hospitality tents the kind of buffeting demanded on occasions such as these.’
    • ‘Moored alongside the wharf in the Yarra River in Melbourne, the ‘Nella Dan’ looked far too small to withstand the buffeting that was likely in the Southern Ocean.’
    • ‘It's been a complex job, working with cast and wrought iron, and we also had to be sure the structure was strong enough to survive the load stresses and buffeting it will get from the elements.’
    • ‘Wolstenholme was panting for breath after taking a non-stop buffeting, while Khan remained fresh.’
    • ‘‘The storm damage too was serious and widespread,’ said Mr O'Flynn, who listed the many areas countywide that had taken a buffeting from the elements.’
    • ‘Perversely, Celtic will find cause for optimism in the buffeting they endured, concluding that Valencia appeared to give it their best shot but constructed only the slenderest of leads.’
    • ‘Like many taller cars, it takes a bit of buffeting from crosswinds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then maybe you could be looking at plants that like a Mediterranean climate that enjoy the extra buffeting by the wind.’
    • ‘Given the buffeting he had withstood, Montgomery was remarkably cheerful after his round, and praised the wonderful effort of playing partner.’
    • ‘The buffeting he received eventually forced him off in the 81st minute and one sensed Ireland had reached the modest pinnacle of their efforts on this disappointing night with the equalising goal.’
    1. 1.1figurative The 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’
      • ‘Blue chips in other emerging Asian markets have also held up despite a rude buffeting by outside forces.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.‘’
      • ‘Today, after many years of monetary self-discipline, they have stable, prosperous economies better able than ours to withstand the buffeting of world recession.’
      • ‘The past year has seen him withstanding endless buffeting and ridicule at the hands of the same newspapers which urged voters to back him last May.’
      • ‘The union has focused on the loss of American jobs to cheap overseas labor markets and the forces that are buffeting American working families.’
  • 2Aviation
    Irregular oscillation of part of an aircraft, caused by turbulence.

    • ‘As soon as the wheels break from the underside of the wings, the draft of air up through the cockpit starts the same buffeting as before.’
    • ‘The buffeting was traced to airflow from the engine nacelles partially blanking out the tail surfaces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aerodynamic forces cause vibrations at the tip of a blade where the effects of transonic speeds cause buffeting and vibration.’
    • ‘As soon as the flaps are extended and you start down, you will be conscious of a slight vibration or buffeting.’