A red shirt with white buttons.
- An example of a button is the disk pulled through a buttonhole to close a shirt.
- An example of a button is what you push to change the channels on a remote control.
- any small disk, knob, etc. used as a fastening or ornament, as one put through a buttonhole on a garment
- anything small and shaped like a button; specif.,
- a small emblem of membership, distinction, etc., generally worn in the lapel
- a small knoblike part, as a bud on a plant or the end of a rattlesnake's rattles
- a small knoblike part that is pushed or turned to operate a doorbell, electric lamp, etc. or to select or activate a function on an electronic device
- a guard on the tip of a fencing foil
- a small, immature mushroom
- Comput. on a computer screen, a stylized figure resembling a button or knob, that is clicked or touched so as to select an option or activate a function
- Slang the point of the chin
Origin of buttonMiddle English botoun from Old French boton, a button, bud from buter: see butt
- to fasten with or as with a button or buttons
- to provide or be provided with a button or buttons
button up (one's lip)
on the button
push someone's button
Origin of buttonsee buttonnoun
- a. A generally disk-shaped fastener used to join two parts of a garment by fitting through a buttonhole or loop.b. Such an object used for decoration.
- Any of various objects resembling a button, especially:a. A push-button switch.b. The blunt tip of a fencing foil.c. A fused metal or glass globule.
- Computers a. In graphical user interface systems, a well-defined area within the interface that is clicked to select a command.b. In a hypertext database, an icon that when selected allows a user to view a particular associated object.
- Any of various knoblike structures of an organism, especially:a. An immature, unexpanded mushroom.b. The tip of a rattlesnake's rattle.
- A usually round flat badge that bears a design or printed information and is typically pinned to a garment: a campaign button.
- Informal The end of the chin, regarded as the point of impact for a punch.
- Games a. In card games, especially poker, a plastic disk or similar marker placed in front of the person who is designated as dealer for a particular hand. At the start of each hand, the first card is dealt to the left of the button and the dealing of cards continues clockwise around the table.b. The person who is in possession of this button.c. The position on the gaming table where this button is located.
verbbut·toned, but·ton·ing, but·tons
- To fasten with buttons: buttoned his shirt; buttoned up her raincoat.
- To decorate or furnish with buttons.
- Informal To close (the lips or mouth): Button your lip.
Origin of buttonMiddle English botoun from Old French bouton from bouter to thrust of Germanic origin ; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
- A knob or disc that is passed through a loop or (buttonhole), serving as a fastener. [from the mid-13th c.]
- April fastened the buttons of her overcoat to keep out the wind.
- A mechanical device meant to be pressed with a finger in order to open or close an electric circuit or to activate a mechanism.
- Pat pushed the button marked "shred" on the blender.
- (graphical user interface) An on-screen control that can be selected as an activator of an attached function.
- Click the button that looks like a house to return to your browser's home page.
- (US) A badge worn on clothes, fixed with a pin through the fabric.
- The politician wore a bright yellow button with the slogan "Vote Smart" emblazoned on it.
- (botany) A bud.
- (slang) The clitoris.
- (curling) The center (bullseye) of the house.
- (fencing) The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.
- (poker) A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's button.
- (poker) The player who is last to act after the flop, turn and river, who possesses the button.
- A raised pavement marker to further indicate the presence of a pavement marking painted stripe.
- (South Africa, slang) A methaqualone tablet (used as a recreational drug).
- A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, such as a door.
- A globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a crucible, after fusion.
For the senses 2 and 3, a button is often marked by a verb rather than a noun, and the button itself is called with the verb and button. For example, a button to start something is generally called start button.
(third-person singular simple present buttons, present participle buttoning, simple past and past participle buttoned)
- To fasten with a button. [from the late 14th c.]
- (intransitive) To be fastened by a button or buttons.
- The coat will not button.
From Old French boton (French bouton), itself either from Late Latin *bottōnem, probably ultimately from a Germanic language, or from bouter + -on.
- A surname.
button - Computer Definition
(1) A small, marked area on an electronic device that is physically pressed down to activate a function. The button may stand out from its base so that it can be located by feel, or it can be level with its base such as the left and right buttons on most mice.
(2) An icon on screen that is "pressed" by clicking it with the mouse or, if a touchscreen, tapping it with a finger.