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English Dictionary: button by the DICT Development Group
6 results for button
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
button
n
  1. a round fastener sewn to shirts and coats etc to fit through buttonholes
  2. an electrical switch operated by pressing; "the elevator was operated by push buttons"; "the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk"
    Synonym(s): push button, push, button
  3. any of various plant parts that resemble buttons
  4. a round flat badge displaying information and suitable for pinning onto a garment; "they passed out campaign buttons for their candidate"
  5. a female sexual organ homologous to the penis
    Synonym(s): clitoris, clit, button
  6. a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism
    Synonym(s): release, button
  7. any artifact that resembles a button
v
  1. provide with buttons; "button a shirt"
  2. fasten with buttons; "button the dress"
    Antonym(s): unbutton
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Aleppo boil \A*lep"po boil\, button \button\, [or] evil \evil\ .
      (Med.)
      A chronic skin affection terminating in an ulcer, most
      commonly of the face. It is endemic along the Mediterranean,
      and is probably due to a specific bacillus. Called also
      {Aleppo ulcer}, {Biskara boil}, {Delhi boil}, {Oriental
      sore}, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Button \But"ton\, n. [OE. boton, botoun, F. bouton button, bud,
      prop. something pushing out, fr. bouter to push. See {Butt}
      an end.]
      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. --Shak.
  
      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 on an 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} (Zo[94]l.), a small, univalve marine shell of
            the genus {Rotella}.
  
      {Button snakeroot}. (Bot.)
            (a) The American composite genus {Liatris}, having rounded
                  buttonlike heads of flowers.
            (b) An American umbelliferous plant with rigid, narrow
                  leaves, and flowers in dense heads.
  
      {Button tree} (Bot.), 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Button \But"ton\, v. i.
      To be fastened by a button or buttons; as, the coat will not
      button.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Button \But"ton\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Buttoned}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Buttoning}.] [OE. botonen, OF. botoner, F. boutonner. See
      {Button}, n.]
      1. To fasten with a button or buttons; to inclose or make
            secure with buttons; -- often followed by up.
  
                     He was a tall, fat, long-bodied man, buttoned up to
                     the throat in a tight green coat.      --Dickens.
  
      2. To dress or clothe. [Obs.] --Shak.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   button
  
      1. {push-button}.
  
      2. A graphical representation of an
      electrical {push-button} appearing as part of a {graphical
      user interface}.   Moving the {mouse pointer} over the
      graphical button and pressing one of the physical mouse
      buttons starts some software action such as closing a window
      or deleting a file.
  
      See also {radio button}.
  
      (1997-07-07)
  
  
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