Meaning of BUTTON in English


Pronunciation: ' b ə -t ə n

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Middle English boton, from Anglo-French butun rose hip, stud, from buter to thrust ― more at BUTT

Date: 14th century

1 a : a small knob or disk secured to an article (as of clothing) and used as a fastener by passing it through a buttonhole or loop b : a usually circular metal or plastic badge bearing a stamped design or printed slogan <campaign button >

2 : something that resembles a button: as a : any of various parts or growths of a plant or of an animal: as (1) : BUD (2) : an immature whole mushroom especially : BUTTON MUSHROOM (3) : the terminal segment of a rattlesnake's rattle b : a small globule of metal remaining after fusion (as in assaying) c : a guard on the tip of a fencing foil

3 a : PUSH BUTTON b : something (as a push button) that has the real or symbolic capability of initiating a catastrophe (as a nuclear attack) <has his finger on the button > c : a hidden sensitivity that can be manipulated to produce a desired response <knows how to push my button s > d : a usually box-shaped computer icon that initiates a specific software function

4 : the point of the chin especially as a target for a knockout blow

– but · ton · less \ -l ə s \ adjective

– on the button : EXACTLY <arrived at noon on the button > also : exactly on target : on the nose <the estimate was right on the button >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.