push-button

adjective
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

push button

noun

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

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These movies are designed to push buttons and/or boundaries as each filmmaker sees fit, resulting in projects that are sometimes outwardly risky and at other times deceptively so. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "How the indie studio behind ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Hereditary’ flourished while breaking Hollywood rules," 5 Aug. 2019 Do the push buttons for pedestrians at some city crosswalks do anything at all? Arnessa Garrett, Dallas News, "Pedestrian crosswalk buttons, pool stories and more from Curious Texas this week," 23 Aug. 2019 These movies are designed to push buttons and/or boundaries as each filmmaker sees fit, resulting in projects that are sometimes outwardly risky and at other times deceptively so. Sonia Rao, BostonGlobe.com, "Indie studio breaks the rules of Hollywood," 8 Aug. 2019 Like his fictional Trump, Davies isn't afraid to push buttons. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Years and Years: Dystopian sci-fi that makes Black Mirror feel bubbly," 8 Aug. 2019 At that point, Gragert told authorities, Grines began pushing buttons on the podium — buttons that Gragert told her could affect the ride. Los Angeles Times, "Forced to wait for a Disney World ride, a woman punched the ride operator, deputies say," 23 July 2019 The four entered a control room, fought the staff members there and pushed buttons that opened the front door. Washington Post, "National Digest: Extreme heat on East Coast forces event cancellation as residents are urged to take it easy," 22 July 2019 Via Bluetooth connection, users push buttons on the watch to control the phone’s camera and music functions. Ese Erheriene, WSJ, "Old-School Watchmakers Get Smart to Counter Apple," 17 Nov. 2018 Instead of a lever, the XLR has an electronic push button door release which didn’t work without power. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "75-year-old Cleveland man gets trapped in car for 13 hours after power locks fail," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of push-button

Adjective

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of push button

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

push button

noun

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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