button

noun, often attributive
but·​ton | \ ˈbə-tᵊn How to pronounce button (audio) \

Definition of button

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small knob or disk secured to an article (as of clothing) and used as a fastener by passing it through a buttonhole or loop
b : a usually circular metal or plastic badge bearing a stamped design or printed slogan campaign button
2 : something that resembles a button: such as
a : any of various parts or growths of a plant or of an animal: such as
(1) : bud
(2) : an immature whole mushroom especially : button mushroom
(3) : the terminal segment of a rattlesnake's rattle
b : a small globule of metal remaining after fusion (as in assaying)
c : a guard on the tip of a fencing foil
b : something (such as a push button) that has the real or symbolic capability of initiating a catastrophe (such as a nuclear attack) has his finger on the button
c : a hidden sensitivity that can be manipulated to produce a desired response knows how to push my buttons
d : a usually box-shaped computer icon that initiates a specific software function
4 : the point of the chin especially as a target for a knockout blow
on the button
: exactly arrived at noon on the button also : exactly on target : on the nose the estimate was right on the button

button

verb
buttoned; buttoning\ ˈbət-​niŋ How to pronounce button (audio) , ˈbə-​tᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of button (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish or decorate with buttons
2a : to pass (a button) through a buttonhole or loop
b : to close or fasten with buttons often used with up button up your overcoat
3a : to close (the lips) to prevent speech button your lip
b : to close or seal tightly usually used with up button up the house for winter

intransitive verb

: to have buttons for fastening this dress buttons at the back

Other Words from button

Noun

buttonless \ ˈbə-​tᵊn-​ləs How to pronounce button (audio) \ adjective

Verb

buttoner \ ˈbət-​nər How to pronounce button (audio) , ˈbə-​tᵊn-​ər \ noun

Examples of button in a Sentence

Noun a dress with buttons down the back I lost a button on my jacket. He took off his tie and undid the top button of his shirt. Will you please push the ‘play’ button on the CD player? With a fax machine, you can send a document across the country with the touch of a button. If the information on the registration form is correct, click the ‘OK’ button. Verb He rarely buttons the top button on his shirt. Will you button the baby's jacket for her? The skirt buttons on the side. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Set up a pin code and tap the + button, then Import photos > Import. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 With fragrant gray or green foliage and charming yellow button flowers, a sprig hung in your closet will repel moths, which are attracted to wool. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2022 Don’t hit the door close button on the elevator when someone is frantically running to catch it. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 14 May 2022 The director is little helped by Barrymore, whose E.T.-era button-cuteness ill-serves this particular project. Clark Collis, EW.com, 14 May 2022 Our advice to the reflector-less is to go to idrivearkansas.com , an agency website, the home page of which has a contact button in the upper right corner. Frank Fellone, Arkansas Online, 14 May 2022 Insert the word or text to search and click on the Search button. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 May 2022 Our only minor quibble is that the power button is a bit too easy to access, making accidental presses a real possibility when stashed in a backpack. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 13 May 2022 Two of Villaseñor’s key items, as such, are leggings and a nylon button down—NEED DIFF ADJS things that evolve the spirit of travel and sport. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 13 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And, in some cases, people may have had to button up even more amid COVID due to toxic environments. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 21 Apr. 2022 Hit the Buy Now button in this article to start building your cart. Jake Smith, Glamour, 30 Mar. 2022 Hit the Buy Now button in this article to start building your cart. Jake Smith, Glamour, 30 Mar. 2022 Thinking fast, Antonia and Margarita hang bags around their necks and button up their coats over them. Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Hit the Buy Now button in this article to start building your cart. Jake Smith, Glamour, 30 Mar. 2022 Hit the Buy Now button in this article to start building your cart. Jake Smith, Glamour, 30 Mar. 2022 Hit the Buy Now button in this article to start building your cart. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 15 Mar. 2022 Xavier needs to button up its defense and compete on the glass or this could be another long day for the Musketeers. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of button

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for button

Noun

Middle English boton, from Anglo-French butun rose hip, stud, from buter to thrust — more at butt entry 3

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Time Traveler for button

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The first known use of button was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

19 May 2022

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“Button.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/button. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for button

button

noun
but·​ton | \ ˈbə-tᵊn How to pronounce button (audio) \

Kids Definition of button

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small ball or disk used for holding parts of a garment together or as an ornament
2 : a small often round part of a machine that makes the machine do something when pushed

button

verb
buttoned; buttoning

Kids Definition of button (Entry 2 of 2)

: to close or fasten with buttons

button

noun
but·​ton | \ ˈbət-ᵊn How to pronounce button (audio) \

Medical Definition of button

: something that resembles a small knob or disk: as
a : the terminal segment of a rattlesnake's rattle

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