See also: Button
button (plural buttons)
- 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.
- 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.
- (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.
- (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.
- (botany) A bud.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- (slang) The clitoris.
- (curling) The center (bullseye) of the house.
- (fencing) The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.
- (poker) A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's button.
- (poker) The player who is last to act after the flop, turn and river, who possesses the button.
- A raised pavement marker to further indicate the presence of a pavement marking painted stripe.
- (South Africa, slang) A methaqualone tablet (used as a recreational drug).
- A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, such as a door.
- A globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a crucible, after fusion.
- A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass.
- A small white blotch on a cat's coat.
- (Britain, archaic) A unit of length equal to 1/12 of an inch.
- The means for initiating a nuclear strike or similar cataclysmic occurrence.
For the senses 2 and 3, a button is often marked by a verb rather than a noun, and the button itself is called with the verb and button. For example, a button to start something is generally called start button.
Terms derived from button
knob or small disc serving as a fastener
a mechanical device meant to be pressed with a finger
in computer software, an on-screen control that can be selected
a badge worn on clothes
botany: a bud
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Translations to be checked
- (transitive) To fasten with a button. [from the late 14th c.]
- Charles Dickens
He was a tall, fat, long-bodied man, buttoned up to the throat in a tight green coat.
- Charles Dickens
- (intransitive) To be fastened by a button or buttons.
The coat will not button.