- a young or undeveloped mushroom.
- any protuberant part of a fungus.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- Also button one's lip.to become or keep silent.
- to fasten securely; close up: Within a short time, everything on the submarine was buttoned up.
- to fasten fully or put on, especially an outer garment: Button up before going out.
- to complete successfully; finish: The report is all buttoned up.
Origin of button
Related Words for buttonknob, switch, dial, fastening, catch, frog, clasp, stud, tuner, toggle, adjuster
Examples from the Web for button
Contemporary Examples of button
There is a disconnect, which allows for some distance between his actions and your button presses.I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’
November 22, 2014
Among them were some horrifying images of severe damage to nasal tissue caused by a child lodging a button battery in her nose.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.
November 14, 2014
They push the “war on women” button, and a couple of others, like Social Security, which I discussed yesterday.How Can Dems Be Losing to These Idiots?
October 29, 2014
You throw the last piece into the elevator itself and hit the button marked LOBBY.The Stacks: Pete Dexter on What It’s Like to Lose the Knack of Having Fun
September 20, 2014
Instead of pushing the cup against a mechanical lever, users push a “button” on a touchscreen.Font of Invention
September 18, 2014
Historical Examples of button
At night when the room grows dark we push a button and there is light.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
He pressed the button on his desk, and, as the doorman appeared, addressed that functionary.
His expression grew morose, as again he pressed the button on his desk.
He will prolong your life and loosen every button on your waistcoat.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
To indicate the effect, he included a galvanometer in the circuit of the battery and the button.Heroes of the Telegraph
Word Origin for button
c.1300 (surname Botouner "button-maker" attested from mid-13c.), from Old French boton "a button," originally "a bud" (12c., Modern French bouton), from bouter, boter "to thrust," common Romanic (cf. Spanish boton, Italian bottone), ultimately from Germanic (see butt (v.)). Thus a button is, etymologically, something that pushes up, or thrusts out.
Meaning "point of the chin" is pugilistic slang, by 1921. A button as something you push to create an effect by closing an (electrical) circuit is attested from 1840s. Button-pusher as "deliberately annoying or provocative person" is attested by 1990 (in reference to Bill Gates, in "InfoWorld" magazine, Nov. 19). In the 1980s it meant "photographer."
late 14c., "to furnish with buttons;" early 15c., "to fasten with buttons" (of a garment,) from button (n.) or from Old French botoner (Modern French boutonner), from boton (n.). Related: Buttoned; buttoning. Button-down (adj.) in reference to shirt collars is from 1916.
In addition to the idioms beginning with button
- button one's lip
- button up
- cute as a button
- have all one's buttons
- on the button
- push (press) someone's buttons
- push the panic button