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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buttenoun

    a hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding region; has a flat top and sloping sides

  2. Buttenoun

    a town in southwestern Montana; center for mining copper


  1. buttenoun

    an isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top

  2. Buttenoun

    a city in Montana

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buttenoun

    a detached low mountain, or high rising abruptly from the general level of the surrounding plain; -- applied to peculiar elevations in the Rocky Mountain region


  1. Butte

    A butte is a conspicuous isolated hill with steep, often vertical sides and a small, relatively flat top; buttes are smaller than mesas, plateaus, and table landforms. In some regions, such as the north central and northwestern United States, the word is used for any hill. The word butte comes from a French word meaning "small hill"; its use is prevalent in the western United States, including the southwest, where "mesa" is also used. Because of their distinctive shapes, buttes are frequently landmarks in plains and mountainous areas. In differentiating mesas and buttes, geographers use the rule that a mesa has a top wider than its height, while a butte's top is narrower. Three classic buttes are Scotts Bluff in Nebraska, Crested Butte in Colorado, and Elephant Butte in New Mexico. Among the well-known non-flat-topped buttes in the United States are Bear Butte, South Dakota, and Black Butte, Oregon. In many cases, buttes have been given other names that do not use the word butte, for example, Courthouse Rock, Nebraska. Also, some large hills that are technically not buttes have names using butte, an example of which is Kamiak Butte in Washington State.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Butte

    būt, but, n. any conspicuous and isolated hill or peak, esp. in the Rocky Mountain region. [Fr.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of butte in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of butte in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of butte in a Sentence

  1. Gregg Losinski:

    This holy mountain of ours, Bear Butte, is named because of the mightiness of the grizzly, we have a lot of history with this great animal and many stories. Grizzlies are like humans. We respect them for being like us.

  2. Harry Reid:

    President Obama is a courageous man. I could not be more grateful to him and his team for working with me to make this happen, and for everything he has done to protect public lands in Nevada. By designating Gold Butte a national monument, President Obama has shown once again why he is one of greatest environmental presidents in American history.

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