What does button mean?

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ˈbʌt nbut·ton

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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.

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  

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. Vikrant Parsai:

    An enemy is like boiling water in a pot on the stove whose button may sometimes be in your hands.

  2. The Republican governor:

    I only need you to be a Republican for two seconds. Two seconds, go into the voting booth. Put your finger on the button. Once you got your finger on the button, you can even close your eyes if you want, so that you got deniability. Alright? Close your eyes. Hit the button. Hit the other button. Walk out. It'll be our secret. You don't need to tell anybody.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    A person should think several times before he says/shares anything on social media because people just scroll to read/see and skip it,forget about support/credit/plaudit for that post.They selfishly praise for face and hit Like button or Comment on it only when get merely own profit out of it or benefit out of him/her.

  4. Deb Fischer:

    Misleading prompts to just click the 'OK' button can often transfer your contacts, messages, browsing activity, photos, or location information without you even realizing it.

  5. Ali Zahed:

    Ever since the appearance of these radical groups in Syria and Iraq ... I wouldn't say (it) has pushed the alarm button, but has definitely been taken note of by some of these large family groups.

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