buzzer

chimita

Senior Member
Chile Spanish
Hi,
I wanted to know if the word buzzer is only used when "ringing at a door"
I mean, could it be used for a telephone? or perhaps something else?
 
  • twen

    Senior Member
    U.S.A. - English
    If you have a timer, it may buzz instead of ring. You can use a buzzer in the kitchen (to know when to remove food from the stove or oven) or in the classroom (to end a timed examination).

    I suppose there is a downloadable "buzz" ringtone available for cell phones. As for the door, most people I know have a doorbell (or door chime), which has a more pleasant sound than a buzzer.

    twen
     

    chimita

    Senior Member
    Chile Spanish
    Thanks twen :)
    So, summing up...
    In this sentence:
    "I was washing the dishes when the buzzer alarmed me. I knew who it was."
    It could be someone at the door or someone at the cell, right?
     

    chimita

    Senior Member
    Chile Spanish
    Oh! I was forgetting another question about the buzzer...
    What if someone lives at a building? Then a doorbell could not be used when someone is outside (downstairs), right?
    I suppose in that case it would be a buzzer??
     

    twen

    Senior Member
    U.S.A. - English
    Sure, the building may have a buzzer system. As for the cell phone, I think it's highly unlikely that someone would want such an annoying ringtone, so I think in the context you've given, it must be the buzzer (button) a visitor has pressed.

    twen
     

    aurilla

    Senior Member
    Am Eng/PR Spanish
    "alarmed" me doesn't seem right in this context. A better word would probably be "startled" me.

    "I was washing the dishes when the buzzer alarmed me. I knew who it was."
     
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