noun (used with a singular verb) Chiefly British.
- buttonhole stitch,
- buttress plate,
- buttress root
Origin of buttons
- a young or undeveloped mushroom.
- any protuberant part of a fungus.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of button
Examples from the Web for buttons
She checks the buttons to make sure that they are all tightly fastened.
“I had just wiped the buttons down with some alcohol swipes,” the employee said.
Just the other day, the employee watched another mother freak out after her daughter licked some of the buttons in an elevator.
And she wore the buttons we finally found in the fabric store.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending|Anne Berry|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I get to push the buttons and see how they respond, and then try to inform their responses in a positive way.
Her skirt was without a braid and frayed, and two buttons were gone from the front of her waist.Selina|George Madden Martin
While the stems may be retained with the buttons, they should always be removed from the full-grown mushrooms.Mushrooms: how to grow them|William Falconer
Taking his penknife from his pocket he tried again, and cut off the buttons one by one.The Well-Beloved|Thomas Hardy
It is a great place for jewelry and the champion emporium for buttons.England, Picturesque and Descriptive|Joel Cook
Stockings failed to match, and buttons would be sewed on the wrong side of a man's shirt or breeches.Campfire and Battlefield|Rossiter Johnson
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