Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A generally disk-shaped fastener used to join two parts of a garment by fitting through a buttonhole or loop.
  • n. Such an object used for decoration.
  • n. Any of various objects resembling a button, especially:
  • n. A push-button switch.
  • n. The blunt tip of a fencing foil.
  • n. A fused metal or glass globule.
  • n. Computer Science In graphical user interface systems, a well-defined area within the interface that is clicked to select a command.
  • n. Computer Science In a hypertext database, an icon that when selected allows a user to view a particular associated object.
  • n. Any of various knoblike structures of a plant or animal, especially:
  • n. An immature, unexpanded mushroom.
  • n. The tip of a rattlesnake's rattle.
  • n. A usually round flat badge that bears a design or printed information and is typically pinned to a garment: a campaign button.
  • n. Informal The end of the chin, regarded as the point of impact for a punch.
  • transitive v. To fasten with buttons: buttoned his shirt; buttoned up her raincoat.
  • transitive v. To decorate or furnish with buttons.
  • transitive v. Informal To close (the lips or mouth): Button your lip.
  • intransitive v. To be or be capable of being fastened with buttons: The blouse buttons up the back.
  • button up To fasten one's clothing tightly, as against cold weather.
  • button up To close or seal securely: button up the cabin for winter.
  • button up To complete the final details of: "Publication is a couple of months off; they're just buttoning up paperback rights” ( Donald Dale Jackson).
  • idiom on the button Exactly; precisely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mechanical device meant to be pressed with a finger in order to open or close an electric circuit or to activate a mechanism.
  • n. An on-screen control that can be selected as an activator of an attached function.
  • n. A badge worn on clothes, fixed with a pin through the fabric.
  • n. A bud.
  • n. The clitoris.
  • n. The center (bullseye) of the house.
  • n. The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.
  • n. A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's button.
  • n. The player who is last to act after the flop, turn and river, who possesses the button.
  • n. A raised pavement marker to further indicate the presence of a pavement marking painted stripe.
  • n. A methaqualone tablet (used as a recreational drug).
  • v. To be fastened by a button or buttons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A bud; a germ of a plant.
  • n. A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, as a door.
  • n. A globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a crucible, after fusion.
  • intransitive v. To be fastened by a button or buttons.
  • transitive v. To fasten with a button or buttons; to inclose or make secure with buttons; -- often followed by up.
  • transitive v. To dress or clothe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To attach a button or buttons to.
  • To fasten with a button or buttons; secure, or join the parts or edges of, with buttons: often followed by up: as, to button up a waistcoat.
  • To be capable of being buttoned.
  • To bud or form imperfect heads, offsets, rosettes, tubers, or bulbs: for example, the cauliflower buttons when the head sends up imperfect and irregular glomerules, thus destroying the symmetry and solidity of the head.
  • n. Any knob or ball fastened to another body; specifically, such an object used to secure together different parts of a garment, to one portion of which it is fastened in such a way that it can be passed through a slit (called a buttonhole) in another portion, or through a loop.
  • n. plural (used as a singular). A page: so called from the buttons, commonly gilt, which adorn his jacket.
  • n. A knob of gold, crystal, coral, ruby, or other precious stone, worn by Chinese officials, both civil and military, on the tops of their hats as a badge of rank; hence, the rank itself: as, a blue button.
  • n. A knob or protuberance resembling a button.
  • n. A bud of a plant.
  • n. A flat or elongated piece of wood or metal, turning on a nail or screw, used to fasten doors, windows, etc.
  • n. A small round mass of metal lying at the bottom of a crucible or cupel after fusion.
  • n. In an organ, a small round piece of leather which, when screwed on the tapped wire of a tracker, prevents it from jumping out of place.
  • n. A ring of leather through which the reins of a bridle pass, and which runs along the length of the reins.
  • n. In zoology: The terminal segment of the crepitaculum or rattle of a rattlesnake. See crepitaculum.
  • n. In entomology, a knob-like protuberance on the posterior extremity of the larvæ of certain butterflies, also called the anal button or cremaster. Sometimes there is a second one, called the preanal button.
  • n. plural A name given to young mushrooms, such as are used for pickling.
  • n. plural Sheep's dung: sometimes used for dung in general.
  • n. A small cake.
  • n. A person who acts as a decoy.
  • n. A finger-knob or key on the concertina and some accordions.
  • n. In pathology, any small, rounded, circumscribed elevation on the cutaneous or mucous surface.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provide with buttons
  • n. a female sexual organ homologous to the penis
  • n. a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism
  • n. a round flat badge displaying information and suitable for pinning onto a garment
  • n. any artifact that resembles a button
  • n. any of various plant parts that resemble buttons
  • v. fasten with buttons
  • n. a round fastener sewn to shirts and coats etc to fit through buttonholes
  • n. an electrical switch operated by pressing
  • v. lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French bouton, from bouter, to thrust, of Germanic origin; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French boton (French bouton), itself either from Late Latin *bottōnem, probably ultimately from a Germanic language, or from bouter + -on. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • *unhands fox's paws*

    September 15, 2009

  • reesetee - please unhand my paws!

    does potter puppet pal professor snape have a cold?

    September 15, 2009

  • Button, Oh button, where hast though fled?
    Did thee tarry too long, amongst fabric and thread?
    Did thee roll off by bosom and cease to exist?
    How I wish I could follow thee, into the mist.

    -Snape, Snape's Diary, Potter Puppet Pals

    Say what you like...I find them funny. :-)

    September 15, 2009

  • If she is bandying about a first word, I think her first Wordie list is now overdue.

    March 9, 2009

  • Chained, I had the same experience with my parents. To this day, I have to catch myself when I'm set to deliberately mispronounce words around strangers.

    *rubs fox paws together*

    John, congrats on the little one's first word. An impressive one indeed.

    March 9, 2009

  • Haha! That shoud be on the bubble wrap page :D

    March 7, 2009

  • Push The Red Button.

    March 7, 2009

  • My globetrotting uncle inculcated me in the ways of fox's poss.

    I don't recall my parents correcting my language, save one occasion when I burst into their bedroom one Saturday morning armed with scribble pad. It was a birthday present from my brother, who, determined to find the cheapest thing he could pass off as a gift, decided that 5 cents on a jotter would successfully placate me. He was right: I immediately sensed the power of My Own Stationery. I proceeded to write a list of the biggest and most impressive words I could think of, culminating in the massive sholder. It was such a long word I was sure mum and dad wouldn't mind having their Saddy lie-in interrupted to see it. Mum looked carefully down the list of words and gently added a 'u' to make it shoulder. While I was miffed that the piece de resistance of my First Grand Wordlist had been incorrect, I was secretly thrilled that I now knew how to spell it right. And it was even longer than I thought! I hope, somewhere, I still have that scribble pad.

    P.S. I always hated the word jotter and crossed it out on the cover.

    March 6, 2009

  • *pats fox gently on head with giant paw*

    You know, now every time I see the word misled, I pronounce it "MY-zld." Hilarious. :)

    March 6, 2009

  • *Let it be noted that my intense (platonic) interspecies internet crush on c_b has just intensified several degrees*

    March 6, 2009

  • My parents were constantly pronouncing things wrong on purpose just to be funny. Like "fox pass" instead of "faux pas."

    That probably explains a lot.

    March 6, 2009

  • My parents were the opposite, I was constantly corrected on my pronunciation and grammar. And here I am, on Wordie, constantly correcting people.

    March 6, 2009

  • I think I did both, sionnach, which may account for spawn's weirdness as well as its brilliance. :)

    I think spawn was convinced well into its teens, for example, that cows with any white on them give white milk, while entirely brown/black cows give chocolate milk.

    I even managed, somehow, to explain away strawberry milk, once that started appearing in the grocery stores pre-mixed and the inevitable question arose. I don't recall entirely, but my excuse was something like, "Well, *that* milk has strawberry syrup added to it after it comes out of the cow. And of course you can make chocolate milk that way too, but you don't *have* to, if you have an all-black or all-brown cow."

    March 6, 2009

  • I'm curious c_b. Did you correct spawn's inevitable mispronunciations as s/he was growing up? Or was your family like mine, where the "grownups" would snicker to themselves each time I butchered epitome and misled, well into my teens? It's no wonder I turned out as weird as I did, all things considered.

    March 6, 2009

  • That is indeed a great first word.

    It reminds me of a sad/creepy story about my great-grandmother, involving buttons.

    On another note, my nephew's first word was "stereo." And I have a recording of spawn, when it was very young, saying "non-sequitur." Not spawn's first word, but still a remarkably entertaining recording.

    March 6, 2009

  • Oh, wow. That's beautiful. A good choice for a first unequivocal word.

    March 6, 2009

  • My daughter's first unequivocal word. There have been ambiguous maybe-words for a while. "Mama"... followed by a string of spittle-inflected vowels while she points at the fridge. But a few days ago she began began grabbing buttons, looking at you soulfully, and saying "button."

    March 6, 2009

  • "Anyone got change for a button?"
    - Mr. Burns

    "They took you up to midnight mass and left you in the lurch,
    So you dropped a button in the plate and spewed up in the church"
    - "The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn", The Pogues

    December 22, 2006