push-but·ton | \ˈpu̇sh-ˌbə-tᵊn \

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

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Cardboard protrusions on the motorbike controller can push buttons on the Joy-Cons to activate items, braking, and drifting. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "You can now play Mario Kart 8 with Labo’s cardboard motorbike controller," 26 June 2018 Why primary elections have lower turnout than general elections The act of voting takes just a few minutes, standing in the isolation of the machine, pushing buttons before stepping back out into the real world. Jonathan Lai, Philly.com, "What we can learn from low Pa. primary election turnout, and why it matters that just 1 in 6 Philly voters showed up," 21 May 2018 Roseanne Barr has made a career out of pushing buttons, but the comedian has stepped too far over the line this time with a racist tweet that has already had serious consequences not just for the star, but also ABC. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Here's How Much Roseanne Barr Stands to Lose From Her Racist Tweet Scandal," 29 May 2018 With a locking flip lid and a one-handed push button, your little one won’t forget to constantly hydrate throughout the day. Sunset, "10 Favorite Kids’ Water Bottles," 22 Jan. 2018 From there, a pair of large push buttons are attached to a standard desk, which a player can hit with their pedaling leg's knee to steer left or right. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "In the lab with Xbox’s new Adaptive Controller, which may change gaming forever," 17 May 2018 At locations where applicable, pedestrian control features such as countdown pedestrian indications, accessible push buttons, upgraded sidewalk ramps, and crosswalks will be upgraded in an effort to improve accessibility and pedestrian safety. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 1 May 2018 Gronkowski had been pushing buttons all offseason on social media, something other Patriots have done to some degree too. Albert Breer, SI.com, "2018 NFL Draft: Expect the Unexpected ... And Also For 29 Teams to Make These 32 Picks," 26 Apr. 2018 On a recent Wednesday afternoon, gamblers sat in front of glowing slot machines, their heads all tilted at the same angle, fingers pushing buttons. Justine Mcdaniel, Philly.com, "Pa.'s gambling expansion is high-stakes for towns such as Bensalem, host to Parx Casino," 2 Apr. 2018

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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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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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