button: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (but'n), [key]
— n.
  1. a small disk, knob, or the like for sewing or otherwise attaching to an article, as of clothing, serving as a fastening when passed through a buttonhole or loop.
  2. anything resembling a button, esp. in being small and round, as any of various candies, ornaments, tags, identification badges, reflectors, markers, etc.
  3. a badge or emblem bearing a name, slogan, identifying figure, etc., for wear on the lapel, dress, etc.: campaign buttons.
  4. any small knob or disk pressed to activate an electric circuit, release a spring, or otherwise operate or open a machine, small door, toy, etc.
  5. a bud or other protuberant part of a plant.
    1. a young or undeveloped mushroom.
    2. any protuberant part of a fungus.
  6. any of various small parts or structures resembling a button, as the rattle at the tip of the tail in a very young rattlesnake.
  7. the point of the chin.
  8. Also calleda fastener for a door, window, etc., having two arms and rotating on a pivot that is attached to the frame.
  9. (in assaying) a small globule or lump of metal at the bottom of a crucible after fusion.
  10. the protective, blunting knob fixed to the point of a foil.
  11. crown (def. 19).
  12. (in a graphical user interface) any of the small, labeled, button-shaped areas upon which the user can click, as with a mouse, to choose an option.
  13. to be mentally competent, alert, and sane; have all one's wits: At 106 she still has all her buttons.
  14. exactly as desired, expected, specified, etc.: The prediction for snow was right on the button.
  1. to fasten with a button or buttons: She quickly buttoned her coat.
  2. to insert (a button) in a buttonhole or loop: He buttoned the top button of his shirt.
  3. to provide (something) with a button or buttons.
  1. to be capable of being buttoned: This coat buttons, but that one zips.
  2. Within a short time, everything on the submarine was buttoned up.
    1. Also,button one's lip.to become or keep silent.
    2. to fasten securely; close up:Within a short time, everything on the submarine was buttoned up.
    3. to fasten fully or put on, esp. an outer garment:Button up before going out.
    4. to complete successfully; finish:The report is all buttoned up.


Pronunciation: (but'n), [key]
  1. (Dick), born 1929, U.S. figure skater.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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