What does button mean?

Definitions for button
ˈbʌt nbut·ton

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word button.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. buttonnoun

    a round fastener sewn to shirts and coats etc to fit through buttonholes

  2. push button, push, buttonnoun

    an electrical switch operated by pressing

    "the elevator was operated by push buttons"; "the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk"

  3. buttonnoun

    any of various plant parts that resemble buttons

  4. buttonnoun

    a round flat badge displaying information and suitable for pinning onto a garment

    "they passed out campaign buttons for their candidate"

  5. clitoris, clit, buttonnoun

    a female sexual organ homologous to the penis

  6. release, buttonnoun

    a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism

  7. buttonverb

    any artifact that resembles a button

  8. buttonverb

    provide with buttons

    "button a shirt"

  9. buttonverb

    fasten with buttons

    "button the dress"


  1. buttonnoun

    A knob or disc that is passed through a loop or (buttonhole), serving as a fastener.

    April fastened the buttons of her overcoat to keep out the wind.

  2. buttonnoun

    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. buttonnoun

    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. buttonnoun

    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. buttonnoun

    A bud.

  6. buttonnoun

    The clitoris.

  7. buttonnoun

    The center (bullseye) of the house.

  8. buttonnoun

    The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.

  9. buttonnoun

    A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's button.

  10. buttonverb

    To fasten with a button.

  11. buttonverb

    To be fastened by a button or buttons.

    The coat will not button.

  12. buttonnoun

    The player who is last to act after the flop, turn and river, who possesses the button.

  13. buttonnoun

    A raised pavement marker to further indicate the presence of a pavement marking painted stripe.

  14. Etymology: From boton (French bouton), itself either from *, probably ultimately from a language, or from bouter + -on.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BUTTONnoun

    Etymology: bottwn, Welch; bouton, Fr.

    Pray you, undo this button. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I mention those ornaments, because, of the simplicity of the shape, want of ornaments, buttons, loops, gold and silver lace, they must have been cheaper than ours. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    We fastened to the upper marble certain wires, and a button. Boyle.

    Fair from its humble bed I rear’d this flow’r,
    Suckled and chear’d, with air, and sun and show’r;
    Soft on the paper ruff its leaves I spread,
    Bright with the gilded button tipt its head. Alexander Pope, Dunciad.

    The canker galls the infants of the spring,
    Too oft before their buttons be disclos’d. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

  2. Buttonnoun

    The sea urchin, which is a kind of crabfish that has prickles instead of feet. Robert Ainsworth

  3. To Buttonverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    One whose hard heart is button’d up with steel. William Shakespeare.

    He gave his legs, arm, and breast, to his ordinary servant, to button and dress him. Henry Wotton.


  1. Button

    A button is a fastener that joins two pieces of fabric together by slipping through a loop or by sliding through a buttonhole. In modern clothing and fashion design, buttons are commonly made of plastic but also may be made of metal, wood, or seashell. Buttons can also be used on containers such as wallets and bags. Buttons may be sewn onto garments and similar items exclusively for purposes of ornamentation. In the applied arts and craft, a button can be an example of folk art, studio craft, or even a miniature work of art. In archaeology, a button can be a significant artifact.


  1. button

    A button is a small, usually circular or rectangular, object or symbol located on a user interface, often a website or application, that can be clicked or pressed by a user using a mouse, touchscreen, or keyboard, to perform a specific action or trigger a specific function. It is commonly used for navigation, submitting forms, initiating actions, or making selections within a digital interface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buttonnoun

    a knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass

  2. Buttonnoun

    a catch, of various forms and materials, used to fasten together the different parts of dress, by being attached to one part, and passing through a slit, called a buttonhole, in the other; -- used also for ornament

  3. Buttonnoun

    a bud; a germ of a plant

  4. Buttonnoun

    a piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, as a door

  5. Buttonnoun

    a globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a crucible, after fusion

  6. Buttonnoun

    to fasten with a button or buttons; to inclose or make secure with buttons; -- often followed by up

  7. Buttonnoun

    to dress or clothe

  8. Buttonverb

    to be fastened by a button or buttons; as, the coat will not button


  1. Button

    In modern clothing and fashion design, a button is a small fastener, most commonly made of plastic, but also frequently of seashell, which secures two pieces of fabric together. In archaeology, a button can be a significant artifact. In the applied arts and in craft, a button can be an example of folk art, studio craft, or even a miniature work of art. Buttons are most often attached to articles of clothing but can also be used on containers such as wallets and bags. However, buttons may be sewn onto garments and similar items exclusively for purposes of ornamentation. Buttons serving as fasteners work by slipping through a fabric or thread loop, or by sliding through a buttonhole. Other types of fastenings include zippers, velcro and magnets.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Button

    but′n, n. a knob of metal, bone, &c., used to fasten the dress: the knob at the end of a foil: the head of an unexpanded mushroom: the knob of an electric bell, &c.: anything of small value, as in the phrase, 'I don't care a button:' a person who acts as a decoy: (pl.) young mushrooms, sheep's dung.—v.t. to fasten by means of buttons: to close up tightly.—v.i. to be fastened with buttons.—ns. Butt′on-bush, a North American shrub of the madder family, having globular flower-heads; Butt′on-hole, the hole or slit in the dress by which the button is held.—v.t. to detain in talk, as if by taking hold of a man by the button.—ns. Butt′on-hook, a hook for pulling the buttons of gloves and shoes through the button-holes; Butt′on-wood, a small West Indian evergreen tree of the myrobalan family: the plane-tree of the United States—also Butt′on-ball and incorrectly Sycamore.—adj. Butt′ony, decorated with buttons.—Boy in buttons, a boy servant in livery, a page. [Fr. bouton, any small projection, from bouter, to push.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. button

    The knob of metal which terminates the breech end of most guns, and which affords a convenient bearing for the application of handspikes, breechings, &c.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. button

    In gunnery, is a part of the cascabel, in either a gun or howitzer, and is the hind part of the piece, made round in the form of a ball.

Editors Contribution

  1. button

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Buttons are used on clothing, hats, garments, duvet covers etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 21, 2016  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Button is ranked #4810 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Button surname appeared 7,341 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Button.

    90.4% or 6,637 total occurrences were White.
    3.4% or 252 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3% or 221 total occurrences were Black.
    1.5% or 114 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 62 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 55 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'button' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1963

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'button' in Nouns Frequency: #1547

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of button in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of button in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of button in a Sentence

  1. Jenson Button:

    I hope this isn't Jenson Button last grand prix. I really do because I feel I have a lot to give. But of course there is something in the back of your mind thinking it possibly could be so you have to enjoy it as much as you can, I am here to do a job and I'll do the best job I can but off circuit with family and friends, obviously we talk about things probably more than we would normally.

  2. Sean Gobin:

    Hiking the trail is like a reset button, it helps you become a civilian again.

  3. The Fruhman brothers:

    It's not just 'like', if you're trading $20 million, you're not clicking a button - you want to push on the price, you want to get a feel, you want to maybe break it up.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    Who is prepared to be a commander-in-chief? Who understands the threats we face? Who am I comfortable having their finger on the button, now that's a question of strength, but it's also a question of judgment. And I think that is a question that is a challenging question for voters.

  5. Thailand Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob:

    I think Thai people are quite receptive to new technology. For smaller businesses, there will be a challenge, but it will take time, it won't be that one day we have this proper system, push the button and people will switch.

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