Definition of Button

1. Noun. A round fastener sewn to shirts and coats etc to fit through buttonholes.

Specialized synonyms: Coat Button, Shirt Button
Generic synonyms: Fastener, Fastening, Fixing, Holdfast
Derivative terms: Buttony, Buttony

2. Verb. Provide with buttons. "Button a shirt"
Generic synonyms: Add
Entails: Run Up, Sew, Sew Together, Stitch

3. Noun. An electrical switch operated by pressing. "The push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk"
Exact synonyms: Push, Push Button
Specialized synonyms: Bell Push, Bell, Buzzer, Doorbell, Horn Button, Mouse Button, Panic Button, Reset Button
Group relationships: Push-button Radio
Generic synonyms: Electric Switch, Electrical Switch, Switch

4. Verb. Fasten with buttons. "Button the dress"
Generic synonyms: Fasten, Fix, Secure
Antonyms: Unbutton

5. Noun. Any of various plant parts that resemble buttons.
Generic synonyms: Plant Part, Plant Structure

6. Noun. A round flat badge displaying information and suitable for pinning onto a garment. "They passed out campaign buttons for their candidate"
Generic synonyms: Badge

7. Noun. A female sexual organ homologous to the penis.
Exact synonyms: Clit, Clitoris
Terms within: Glans Clitoridis, Foreskin, Prepuce
Group relationships: Vulva
Generic synonyms: Erectile Organ
Derivative terms: Clitoral, Clitoric

8. Noun. A device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism.
Exact synonyms: Release
Generic synonyms: Device

9. Noun. Any artifact that resembles a button.
Generic synonyms: Artefact, Artifact

Definition of Button

1. n. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass.

2. v. t. To fasten with a button or buttons; to inclose or make secure with buttons; -- often followed by up.

3. v. i. To be fastened by a button or buttons; as, the coat will not button.

Definition of Button

1. Proper noun. (surname) ¹

2. Noun. A knob or disc that is passed through a loop or (buttonhole), serving as a fastener. (defdate from the mid-13th c.) ¹

3. Noun. A mechanical device meant to be pressed with a finger in order to open or close an electric circuit or to activate a mechanism. ¹

4. Noun. (graphical user interface) An on-screen control that can be selected as an activator of an attached function. ¹

5. Noun. (American English) A badge worn on clothes, fixed with a pin through the fabric. ¹

6. Noun. (botany) A bud. ¹

7. Noun. (slang) The clitoris. ¹

8. Noun. (curling) The center (bullseye) of the house. ¹

9. Noun. (fencing) The soft circular tip at the end of a foil. ¹

10. Noun. (poker) A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also ''dealer's '''button'''''. ¹

11. Noun. (poker) The player who is last to act after the flop, turn and river, who possesses the button. ¹

12. Noun. A raised pavement marker to further indicate the presence of a pavement marking painted stripe. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To fasten with a button. (defdate from the late 14th c.) ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive) To be fastened by a button or buttons. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Button

1. to fasten with a button (a small disk) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Button

1. 1. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass. 2. A catch, of various forms and materials, used to fasten together the different parts of dress, by being attached to one part, and passing through a slit, called a buttonhole, in the other; used also for ornament. 3. A bud; a germ of a plant. 4. A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, as a door. 5. A globule of metal remaining onan assay cupel or in a crucible, after fusion. Button hook, a hook for catching a button and drawing it through a buttonhole, as in buttoning boots and gloves. Button shell, a small, univalve marine shell of the genus Rotella. Button snakeroot. A genus of trees (Conocarpus), furnishing durable timber, mostly natives of the West Indies. To hold by the button, to detain in conversation to weariness; to bore; to buttonhole. Origin: OE. Boton, botoun, F. Bouton button, bud, prop. Something pushing out, fr. Bouter to push. See Butt an end. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Literary usage of Button

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1890)
"a complete flat cord or strip, and when the strip is folded to form the button-bole loop tbe seam at 8 may be made by sewing, knitting, crocheting or ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1886)
"tering of pirates, &c., button cleared himself •without any serious difficulty ; but to make good his claim for money due to him was not so easy, ..."

3. Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran/Contra Affair by Lee H. Hamilton, Daniel K. Inouye (1995)
"The records also support that statement.121 Hakim also testified that Korel stood for Secord, and button stood for North.122 Korel Assets Hakim testified ..."

4. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1920)
"If you press button "II" energising spool "R" you bring the reverse gear into mesh. If you press button 3. you energize solenoid 3, causing shaft (B) to ..."

5. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Circuit Court of United States by Jabez S. Holmes (1877)
"The applicant claims, in the second and most material and important claim to be considered in his application, " the metallic button-hole and link combined, ..."

6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"48106 WITH PUSH-button CONVENIENCE Push a button and ... With the push of one button eight separations can be completely quantitated in just seconds. ..."

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