Meaning of BUTTON in English


I. ˈbə-t ə n noun

Usage: often attributive

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

Date: 14th century


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


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 -ləs adjective

- on the button

II. verb

( but·toned ; but·ton·ing ˈbət-niŋ, ˈbə-t ə n-iŋ)

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to furnish or decorate with buttons


a. : to pass (a button) through a buttonhole or loop

b. : to close or fasten with buttons — often used with up

button up your overcoat


a. : to close (the lips) to prevent speech

button your lip

b. : to close or seal tightly — usually used with up

button up the house for winter

intransitive verb

: to have buttons for fastening

this dress button s at the back

• but·ton·er ˈbət-nər, ˈbə-t ə n-ər noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.