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


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 This mower starts with a pull cord rather than an electric push button start. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Aug. 2022 Other electric benefits this tiller brings to the table include an easy push button start, none of the fumes that come with gas models, and very little required maintenance. Rachel Dube, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2022 Some companies’ models have LED screens that can display messages and emoji (like shocking pink heart eyes); some are able to talk to pedestrians to offer free samples or ask for help pressing a traffic signal’s push button, for instance. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 The dust cup is easily emptied thanks to a push button that opens up the bottom door and releases the contents right into the trash. Chris Hachey, BGR, 4 Oct. 2021 From refrigeration monitoring to push button alert systems, sensors can be your eyes, ears, and even hands in all kinds of helpful places. Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Each table has a hot water dispenser for tea and a push button to call the server. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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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 24 Sep. 2022.

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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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