see also: Button
  • (British, America) IPA: /ˈbʌtn̩/, /ˈbʌtən/, [ˈbʌʔn̩]

button (plural buttons)

  1. A knob or disc that is passed through a loop or (buttonhole), serving as a fastener. [from the mid-13th c.]
    April fastened the buttons of her overcoat to keep out the wind.
  2. A mechanical device meant to be pressed with a finger in order to open or close an electric circuit or to activate a mechanism.
    Pat pushed the button marked "shred" on the blender.
  3. (graphical user interface) An on-screen control that can be selected as an activator of an attached function.
    Click the button that looks like a house to return to your browser's home page.
  4. (US) A badge worn on clothes, fixed with a pin through the fabric.
    The politician wore a bright yellow button with the slogan "Vote Smart" emblazoned on it.
  5. (botany) A bud.
  6. The head of an unexpanded mushroom.
  7. (slang) The clitoris.
  8. (curling) The center (bullseye) of the house.
  9. (fencing) The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.
  10. (poker) A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's button.
  11. (poker) The player who is last to act after the flop, turn and river, who possesses the button.
  12. (archaic) A person who acts as a decoy.
  13. A raised pavement marker to further indicate the presence of a pavement marking painted stripe.
  14. (South Africa, slang) A methaqualone tablet (used as a recreational drug).
  15. A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, such as a door.
  16. A globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a crucible, after fusion.
  17. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass.
  18. A small white blotch on a cat's coat.
  19. (UK, archaic) A unit of length equal to frac 1 inch.
  20. The means for initiating a nuclear strike or similar cataclysmic occurrence.
  21. (lutherie) In an instrument of the violin family, the near-semicircular shape extending from the top of the back plate of the instrument, meeting the heel of the neck.
  22. (lutherie) Synonym of endbutton#English|endbutton.
  23. (lutherie, bowmaking) Synonym of adjuster#English|adjuster.
  24. The least amount of care or interest; a whit or jot.
  25. (comedy) The final joke at the end of a comedic act (such as a sketch, set, or scene).
  26. (slang) A button man; a professional assassin.
    • 1973, Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather Part II (screenplay, second draft)
      FREDO: Mikey, why would they ever hit poor old Frankie Five-Angels? I loved that ole sonuvabitch. I remember when he was just a 'button,' when we were kids.
  27. The final segment of a rattlesnake's rattle.
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  • Russian: кно́пка
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button (buttons, present participle buttoning; past and past participle buttoned)

  1. (transitive) To fasten with a button. [from the late 14th c.]
    • 1838 March – 1839 October, Charles Dickens, chapter 50, in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, London: Chapman and Hall, […], published 1839, OCLC 1057107260 ↗:
      He was a tall, fat, long-bodied man, buttoned up to the throat in a tight green coat.
  2. (intransitive) To be fastened by a button or buttons.
    The coat will not button.
  3. (informal) To stop talking.
Proper noun
  1. Surname for a maker or seller of buttons.

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