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
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The Copy button brings up the Print Settings screen.—David English, PCMAG, 15 Sep. 2023 Or, change your workout by using the remote control that’s equipped with a start/pause button, and speed-adjusting buttons.—Lauren Fischer, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2023 The physical controls have also been improved; Bose added a volume slider in addition to the usual multifunction and power / Bluetooth buttons.—Chris Welch, The Verge, 14 Sep. 2023 Herron also did a phenomenal job showcasing the different eras of film and his design range with high fashion pieces like a button down with an off-the-shoulder tweed jacket to streetwear looks such as a yellow and blue track jacket.—Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 13 Sep. 2023 Rivets and buttons are engraved with her flowers and logo.—Ferron Salniker, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 Watch the Full 2023 Met Gala Red Carpet Livestream
A casual take on the bon ton attire that usually collects around these kinds of events, the look compounded the insouciance of Watson’s Wimbledon outfits: the sleeveless button ups and sculptural Loewe heels, and the Oscar de la Renta minidresses.—Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 6 Sep. 2023 The pockets have a flap that buttons closed over the zipper for added weatherproofing, and adjustable button cuffs cinch the arms closed.—Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2023 Featuring diamond quilt detailing, button tufting and wooden legs, this inexpensive loveseat packs a lot of style into a small silhouette.—Good Housekeeping, 5 Sep. 2023
Theodora suggests styling the piece, which is made from a blend of recycled polyester and wool with a satin lining, as is, buttoned without a shirt underneath, or pairing with a simple silk skirt, tights and ballet flats for an easy, go-to fall look.—Kristina Rutkowski, wsj.com, 13 Sep. 2023 Augustin wore his blazer buttoned up, while Evangelista opted to wear hers open and showcased her formal white shirt.—Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 Walking across the field, Costner wears a white shirt buttoned to his elbows and strides alongside his son, who wears a blue T-shirt and jeans.—Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2023 Depending on your cover features, either zip, tie, or button the end of your duvet cover to seal it into place.—Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 Paco Rabanne Crop Cardigan Now 70% Off $186 at Shop BAZAAR
Though the silhouette looks rather modest when it’s buttoned up, this Paco Rabanne cardigan is made to serve some light scandal.—Meghan Shouse, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 July 2023 Jenner posed in several snaps standing up tall interchanging her hands from buttoning up her jeans to relaxing her hands in her jeans pockets.—Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 26 July 2023 Moreover, these chaps are emotional and not buttoned up, no, these maims throw themselves at our boys, what chance do the poor chaps even have?—Karan Mahajan, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2023 Now, police officials are working to button down a contract with the company that will provide the tool — a process the department hopes will wrap up by the end of the month.—Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English boton, from Anglo-French butun rose hip, stud, from buter to thrust — more at butt entry 3