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buttonhole

[buht-n-hohl]
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noun
  1. the hole, slit, or loop through which a button is passed and by which it is secured.
  2. Chiefly British. a boutonniere.
  3. Surgery. a short, straight incision through the wall of a cavity or a canal.
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verb (used with object), but·ton·holed, but·ton·hol·ing.
  1. to sew with a buttonhole stitch.
  2. to make buttonholes in.
  3. to hold by the buttonhole or otherwise abruptly detain (someone) in conversation: The reporter tried to buttonhole the mayor for a statement on the bus strike.
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Origin of buttonhole

First recorded in 1555–65; button + hole
Related formsbut·ton·hol·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for buttonholing

Historical Examples

  • Remember that the wider the buttonholing the more padding will be necessary.

    The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft

    Effie Archer Archer

  • Work a row of buttonholing about a quarter of an inch apart.

  • Loops are made by buttonholing very closely over several foundation threads, making the purl on the outside edge.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • In all this piece of work there is to be noted a great deal of buttonholing and darning.

    Jacobean Embroidery

    Ada Wentworth Fitzwilliam and A. F. Morris Hands

  • Buttonholing him with his hook, Cap'en Tommy opened his little plot.


British Dictionary definitions for buttonholing

buttonhole

noun
  1. a slit in a garment, etc, through which a button is passed to fasten two surfaces together
  2. a flower or small bunch of flowers worn pinned to the lapel or in the buttonhole, esp at weddings, formal dances, etcUS name: boutonniere
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verb (tr)
  1. to detain (a person) in conversation
  2. to make buttonholes in
  3. to sew with buttonhole stitch
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

buttonholing in Medicine

buttonhole

(bŭtn-hōl′)
n.
  1. A short straight surgical cut made through the wall of a cavity or canal.
  2. The contraction of an orifice down to a narrow slit, as in mitral stenosis.
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