from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly Western U.S. A hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding area and has sloping sides and a flat top.
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- n. an isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A detached low mountain, or high rising abruptly from the general level of the surrounding plain; -- applied to peculiar elevations in the Rocky Mountain region.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding region; has a flat top and sloping sides
- n. a town in southwestern Montana; center for mining copper
The butte is the only tall outcropping for several miles, so climbing it permits one to survey a very broad area.
The butte was a holy place; men came there seeking visions.
The butte was a strong point that the Council of Masters would very much like to take back.
Beyond the summit of the butte was a greenish-brown plateau of sagebrush and bunch-grass.
The level below the butte was a-buzz with life and energy.
Georgian chief had, in the good old days of independence, built a massive castle, and nestling beneath its protecting shadow around the base of the butte is the town, a picturesque town of adobe and wattle walls and quaint red tiles.
We arrived just in time for meridian observation, and carried the barometer to the summit of the butte, which is 500 feet above the lake.
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Above the butte is another deep canon, through which the river has cleft its way.
The day I was up there (a butte is a hill) they were celebrating the Commune which was an uprising in 1871 by the workers of Paris who were against Napoleon III and then who fought against the invading Prussians and Germans.
In the distance there is an extraordinary "butte" or isolated hill, Gunong Pondok, a landmark for the whole region, and on the right to the east a grand mountain range, the highest peak of which cannot fall far short of eight thousand feet; and the blue-green ranges showing the foam of at least one waterfall almost helped one to be cool.