What does butter mean?

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ˈbʌt ərbut·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. butter(noun)

    an edible emulsion of fat globules made by churning milk or cream; for cooking and table use

  2. butter(verb)

    a fighter who strikes the opponent with his head

  3. butter(verb)

    spread butter on

    "butter bread"


  1. butter(Noun)

    Someone who butts; someone who butts in

Webster Dictionary

  1. Butter(noun)

    an oily, unctuous substance obtained from cream or milk by churning

  2. Butter(noun)

    any substance resembling butter in degree of consistence, or other qualities, especially, in old chemistry, the chlorides, as butter of antimony, sesquichloride of antimony; also, certain concrete fat oils remaining nearly solid at ordinary temperatures, as butter of cacao, vegetable butter, shea butter

  3. Butter(verb)

    to cover or spread with butter

  4. Butter(verb)

    to increase, as stakes, at every throw or every game

  5. Butter(noun)

    one who, or that which, butts


  1. Butter

    Butter is a dairy product made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk. It is generally used as a spread and a condiment, as well as in cooking, such as baking, sauce making, and pan frying. Butter consists of butterfat, milk proteins and water. Most frequently made from cows' milk, butter can also be manufactured from the milk of other mammals, including sheep, goats, buffalo, and yaks. Salt, flavorings and preservatives are sometimes added to butter. Rendering butter produces clarified butter or ghee, which is almost entirely butterfat. Butter is a water-in-oil emulsion resulting from an inversion of the cream, an oil-in-water emulsion; the milk proteins are the emulsifiers. Butter remains a solid when refrigerated, but softens to a spreadable consistency at room temperature, and melts to a thin liquid consistency at 32–35 °C. The density of butter is 911 g/L. It generally has a pale yellow color, but varies from deep yellow to nearly white. Its unmodified color is dependent on the animals' feed and is commonly manipulated with food colorings in the commercial manufacturing process, most commonly annatto or carotene.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Butter

    but′ėr, n. an oily substance obtained from cream by churning.—v.t. to spread over with butter.—ns. Butt′er-bird, the name in Jamaica for the rice-bunting; Butt′er-boat, a table vessel for holding melted butter; Butt′er-bump, a bittern; Butt′er-bur, -dock, the sweet coltsfoot; Butt′ercup, a plant of the Crowfoot genus, with a cup-like flower of a golden yellow; Butt′er-fing′ers, one who lets a cricket-ball he ought to catch slip through his fingers; Butt′er-fish (see Gunnel); Butt′erfly, the name of an extensive group of beautiful winged insects: (fig.) a light-headed person.—adj. light, flighty, like a butterfly.—ns. Butt′erine, an artificial fatty compound sold as a substitute for butter—since 1887 only allowed to be sold under the names margarine or oleo-margarine; Butt′er-milk, the milk that remains after the butter has been separated from the cream by churning; Butt′er-nut, the oily nut of the North American white walnut, the tree itself or its light-coloured close-grained wood: the nut of a lofty timber-tree of Guiana—the souari-nut; Butt′er-scotch, a kind of toffee containing a large admixture of butter; Butt′er-tree, a genus of plants found in the East Indies and in Africa, remarkable for a sweet buttery substance yielded by their seeds when boiled; Butt′er-wife, Butt′er-wom′an, a woman who makes and sells butter; Butt′er-wort, a genus of small plants found in marshy places, so called either from the power of the leaves to coagulate milk, or from their peculiar sliminess.—adj. Butt′ery, like butter. [A.S. butere; Ger. butter; both from L. butyrum—Gr. boutyronbous ox, tyros, cheese.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Butter

    The fatty portion of milk, separated as a soft yellowish solid when milk or cream is churned. It is processed for cooking and table use. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)

Rap Dictionary

  1. butter(adjective)

    Well liked, smoothed out. "Phife Dog is on the mic and I'm smooth like butter. It's like butter, not no Parkay, not no margerine, strictly butter, baby" -- A Tribe Called Quest (Butter). "The women like me, im dipped in butter"- Mac Dre

  2. butter(adjective)

    Easy or not difficult.

  3. butter(noun)

    Crack rocks, "Yea I got those butters dawg" Something you put on toast, akin to spread This can reference a fine women with an ugly face. "She fine everywhere BUTT-ER-FACE!" "butters" nice, long wavy hair. ex: "damn that nigga got butters (buddas)."

Editors Contribution

  1. butter

    A type of food and dairy product.

    Butter is sold in various forms.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 30, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'butter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4675

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'butter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2415

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'butter' in Nouns Frequency: #1775

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of butter in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of butter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of butter in a Sentence

  1. Management Department K. Dhananjaya Reddy:

    We are advising people not to go to work between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., we have also opened centers in different places specially in urban areas for the distribution of water and butter milk.

  2. Christina Tosi:

    Sometimes, brown-butter Rice Krispie Treats sneak in and try to start trying to pull me out of quiet ‘me time,’ it’s not the worst thing in the world, but it happens. I believe that there’s plenty of time for any and every relationship that I might need or want to feed in a day, as long as I set realistic expectations, communicate and forgive myself when I fall short.

  3. Steven Wright:

    If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happen if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?

  4. Abby Langer:

    I love Triscuits or any hearty whole-grain cracker sandwiched with almond butter and fresh raspberries, or with banana and cacao nibs.

  5. Josh Novell:

    We're really pleased to be back, these months are our bread and butter. The sun was out over the Easter weekend and normally we would be jumping up and down excited about that.

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