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button

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noun, often attributive but·ton \ ˈbə-tᵊn \

Definition of button

1 a :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

buttonless

play \-ləs\ adjective
on the button
:exactly
  • arrived at noon on the button
; also :exactly on target :on the nose
  • the estimate was right on the button

Examples of button in a Sentence

  1. a dress with buttons down the back

  2. I lost a button on my jacket.

  3. He took off his tie and undid the top button of his shirt.

  4. Will you please push the play button on the CD player?

  5. With a fax machine, you can send a document across the country with the touch of a button.

  6. If the information on the registration form is correct, click the OK button.

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Origin and Etymology of button

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


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button

verb

Definition of button

buttoned; buttoning play \ˈbət-niŋ, ˈbə-tᵊn-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to furnish or decorate with buttons
2 a :to pass (a button) through a buttonhole or loop
b :to close or fasten with buttons often used with up
  • button up your overcoat
3 a :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

buttoner

play \ˈbət-nər, ˈbə-tᵊn-ər\ noun

Examples of button in a Sentence

  1. He rarely buttons the top button on his shirt.

  2. Will you button the baby's jacket for her?

  3. The skirt buttons on the side.

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First Known Use of button

14th century



BUTTON Defined for English Language Learners

button

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noun

Definition of button for English Language Learners

  • : a small, usually round piece of plastic, glass, metal, etc., that is sewn to a piece of clothing and is pushed through a loop or hole to fasten one part of the clothing to another part

  • : a small, usually round sign that has a picture or words on the front and a pin on the back

  • : a small part of a machine that you push to make the machine work


button

verb

Definition of button for English Language Learners

  • : to attach (a button) by passing it through a hole

  • : to close or fasten (something) with buttons

  • : to have buttons for fastening


BUTTON Defined for Kids

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button

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noun but·ton \ ˈbə-tᵊn \

Definition of button for Students

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

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button

verb

Definition of button for Students

buttoned; buttoning
:to close or fasten with buttons

Medical Dictionary

button

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noun but·ton \ ˈbət-ᵊn \

medical Definition of button

:something that resembles a small knob or disk: as
a :the terminal segment of a rattlesnake's rattle
b :cotyledon 1


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