button bar

noun

: a collection of buttons (see button entry 1 sense 3d) on a computer screen arranged in a single strip or block
This is the part that's not very obvious: There is no visible button to attach a photo. In the body of the email message, you need to touch the screen where you want to insert the photo. If you hold your finger on the screen for more than one second, you should see a black button bar appear. Jim Rossman

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The new navigation system saves a ton of space, with only a transparent gesture bar at the bottom of the screen, just like on an iPhone X. Three functions do not quite cover all of the functionality of the old three-button bar, however. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 10 July 2019 Gone is the traditional three-button bar on the bottom of your phone. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, 8 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1989, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of button bar was in 1989

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Cite this Entry

“Button bar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/button%20bar. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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