Meaning of BUTTON in English

n. & v.


1. a small disc or knob sewn on to a garment, either to fasten it by being pushed through a buttonhole, or as an ornament or badge.

2 a knob on a piece of esp. electronic equipment which is pressed to operate it.

3 a a small round object (chocolate buttons). b (attrib.) anything resembling a button (button nose).

4 a a bud. b a button mushroom.

5 Fencing a terminal knob on a foil making it harmless.


1. tr. & intr. button up 1.

2 tr. supply with buttons.

Phrases and idioms:

buttonball tree (or button wood) US a plane-tree, Platanus occidentalis. button chrysanthemum a variety of chrysanthemum with small spherical flowers. buttoned up colloq.

1. formal and inhibited in manner.

2 silent. button one's lip esp. US sl. remain silent. button mushroom a young unopened mushroom. button-through (of a dress) fastened with buttons from neck to hem like a coat.

button up

1. fasten with buttons.

2 colloq. complete (a task etc.) satisfactorily.

3 colloq. become silent. not worth a button worthless. on the button esp. US sl. precisely.


buttoned adj. buttonless adj. buttony adj.

Etymology: ME f. OF bouton, ult. f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.