push-but·​ton | \ ˈpu̇sh-ˌbə-tᵊn How to pronounce push-button (audio) \

Definition of push-button

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : operated or done by means of push buttons a push-button phone
2 : using or dependent on complex and more or less self-operating mechanisms that are put in operation by a simple act comparable to pushing a button push-button warfare

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Definition of push button (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small button or knob that when pushed operates something especially by closing an electric circuit

Examples of push-button in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun JPMorgan might station attendants outside elevators to help push buttons, so fewer workers need to touch keypads. Jennifer Surane, Bloomberg.com, "Wall Street Tries to Figure Out How to Get Back to the Office," 15 May 2020 These plastic holders, which feature a push button on the lid to provide an airtight seal, are available in seven sizes, from 0.4 quarts to 3.7 quarts. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "These Kitchen Tools Will Help You Keep Food Fresh for Longer (Video)," 29 Apr. 2020 Eaton invented a four-inch touchless tool to push buttons and turn door handles. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Mike DeWine vs Donald Trump, Chris Quinn on subscriptions: This Week in the CLE," 14 Apr. 2020 Ernie pushes buttons on the machine and steps on the gas peddle. cleveland, "Dear Annie: If my granddaughter can go fishing, why isn’t it ok for my grandson to sew?," 2 Apr. 2020 Ernie pushes buttons on the machine and steps on the gas pedal. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Grandfather needs to stop labeling grandson’s interests as ‘feminine’," 2 Apr. 2020 And using a push button instead of a touchscreen to navigate can become agony. BostonGlobe.com, "Who says a folding smartphone has to cost $2,000, like the new Samsung Galaxy Fold? There’s another folding smartphone that costs just $59. Granted, it has a tiny screen, old-fashioned push-button controls, and a painfully slow processor. But it is a smartphone . . . of sorts.," 10 Oct. 2019 The Ravens are well-positioned to continue running one of the NFL’s best organizations with DeCosta calling the personnel shots and Harbaugh pushing buttons from the sideline. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As Ravens ready for playoff run, Ozzie Newsome's influence is undeniable," 9 Jan. 2020 The anthropomorphic layout of the dial and push buttons provide the show with its main publicity image. Ross Rudesch Harley, Quartz, "Why we geek out over sleek interface designs," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of push-button


1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of push-button was circa 1874

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“Push-button.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/push-button. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of push button

: a small button or knob that is pushed to operate a machine

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Kids Definition of push button

: a small button or knob that when pushed operates something usually by closing an electric circuit

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