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 All the push button controls are on the front panel of the CD11 and the LCD is clear but a tad basic. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Rather than using a strap buckle to adjust the band, these have a push button adjustment that make moving the strap simple and quick. Chris Hachey, BGR, 18 May 2021 It is equipped with push button ignition and variable-heat control knob. cleveland, 16 Sep. 2020 JPMorgan might station attendants outside elevators to help push buttons, so fewer workers need to touch keypads. Jennifer Surane, Bloomberg.com, 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, 29 Apr. 2020 Eaton invented a four-inch touchless tool to push buttons and turn door handles. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2020 Ernie pushes buttons on the machine and steps on the gas peddle. cleveland, 2 Apr. 2020 Ernie pushes buttons on the machine and steps on the gas pedal. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2020

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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 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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