• WordNet 3.6
    • v butt to strike, thrust or shove against "He butted his sister out of the way","The goat butted the hiker with his horns"
    • v butt lie adjacent to another or share a boundary "Canada adjoins the U.S.","England marches with Scotland"
    • v butt place end to end without overlapping "The frames must be butted at the joints"
    • n butt thick end of the handle
    • n butt the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)
    • n butt a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)
    • n butt a joint made by fastening ends together without overlapping
    • n butt finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
    • n butt sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at
    • n butt the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on "he deserves a good kick in the butt","are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
    • n butt a victim of ridicule or pranks
    • n butt the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots
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Additional illustrations & photos:

8 Dowelled butt 8 Dowelled butt
Thru Boring for a Butt Joint Thru Boring for a Butt Joint
Reinforced Butt Joint in Box Reinforced Butt Joint in Box
Hit Dad in the Nose With The Butt of a Revolver 255 Hit Dad in the Nose With The Butt of a Revolver 255
He Tries the Butt of his Gun on It 041 He Tries the Butt of his Gun on It 041

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mr. Butts invented the game SCRABBLE. The game was originally called "Criss Cross Words."
    • Butt (Mech) A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering; -- also called butt joint.
    • Butt (Carp) A kind of hinge used in hanging doors, etc.; -- so named because fastened on the edge of the door, which butts against the casing, instead of on its face, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge.
    • n Butt A large cask or vessel for wine or beer. It contains two hogsheads.☞ A wine butt contains 126 wine gallons (= 105 imperial gallons, nearly); a beer butt 108 ale gallons (= about 110 imperial gallons).
    • Butt A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end. "Here is my journey's end, here my butt And very sea mark of my utmost sail."
    • Butt A mark to be shot at; a target. "The groom his fellow groom at butts defies,
      And bends his bow, and levels with his eyes."
    • Butt A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed; as, the butt of the company. "I played a sentence or two at my butt , which I thought very smart."
    • Butt A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field. "The hay was growing upon headlands and butts in cornfields."
    • Butt A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head of an animal; as, the butt of a ram.
    • Butt A thrust in fencing. "To prove who gave the fairer butt ,
      John shows the chalk on Robert's coat."
    • Butt The buttocks; as, get up off your butt and get to work; -- used as a euphemism, less objectionable than ass. "Amen; and make me die a good old man!
      That's the butt end of a mother's blessing."
    • n Butt (Zoöl) The common English flounder.
    • Butt (Mech) The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
    • Butt The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice.
    • Butt (Shipbuilding) The joint where two planks in a strake meet.
    • Butt The larger or thicker end of anything; the blunt end, in distinction from the sharp end; as, the butt of a rifle. Formerly also spelled but. See 2nd but n. sense 2.
    • Butt (Mech) The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
    • Butt (Leather Trade) The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
    • Butt To join at the butt, end, or outward extremity; to terminate; to be bounded; to abut. "And Barnsdale there doth butt on Don's well-watered ground."
    • v. t Butt To strike by thrusting the head against; to strike with the head. "Two harmless lambs are butting one the other."
    • Butt To thrust the head forward; to strike by thrusting the head forward, as an ox or a ram. [See Butt n. "A snow-white steer before thine altar led, Butts with his threatening brows."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There was an army general during the Liberia Civil War who used to lead his army into battle naked. His nickname was "General Butt Naked." Joshua Milton Blahyi (his real name) is now an evangelical preacher in Monrovia
    • butt To strike by thrusting, as with the end of a beam or heavy stick, or with the horns, tusks, or head, as an ox, a boar, or a ram; strike with the head.
    • butt To strike anything by thrusting the head against it, as an ox or a ram; have a habit of striking in this manner.
    • butt To join at the end or outward extremity; abut; be contiguous.
    • butt Specifically, in ship-building, to abut end to end; fit together end to end, as two planks.
    • butt Also spelled but.
    • n butt A push or thrust given by the head of an animal: as, the butt of a ram.
    • n butt A thrust in fencing.
    • n butt The end or extremity of a thing. Particularly— The thicker, larger, or blunt end of a piece of timber, a musket, a fishing-rod, a whip-handle, etc. Also called butt-end. The thick or fleshy part of a plant, etc. The buttocks; the posteriors. [Vulgar.] A buttock of beef.
    • n butt In ship-building, the end of a plank or piece of timber which exactly meets another endwise in a ship's side or bottom; also, the juncture of two such pieces.
    • n butt In machinery, the square end of a connecting-rod or other link, to which the bush-bearing is attached.
    • n butt In carpentry, a door-hinge consisting of two plates of metal, or leaves, which interlock so as to form a movable joint, being held together by a pin or pintle. They are screwed to the butting parts of the door and casing, instead of to their adjoining sides as are the older strap-hinges. See fast-joint butt and loose-joint butt, below. Also called butt-hinge.
    • n butt In agriculture: A ridge in a plowed field, especially when not of full length. Hence— A gore or gare. plural A small detached or disjoined parcel of land left over in surveying.
    • n butt In the leather trade, a hide of sole-leather with the belly and shoulders cut off; a rounded crop.
    • n butt A hassock.
    • n butt The standing portion of a half-coupling at the end of a hose; the metallic ring at the end of the hose of a fire-engine, or the like, to which the nozle is screwed.
    • n butt In target-shooting: In archery, a mark to shoot at. In rifle-practice, a wooden target composed of several thicknesses of boards, with small spaces between them, so that the depth to which bullets penetrate can be ascertained. In gunnery, a solid embankment of earth or sand into which projectiles are fired in testing guns, or in making ballistic experiments. plural The range or place where archery, rifle, or gunnery practice is carried on, in distinction from the field. See target.
    • n butt A person or thing that serves as a mark for shafts of wit or ridicule, or as an object of sarcastic or contemptuous remarks.
    • n butt A goal; a bound; a limit.
    • n butt In coal-mininig, the surface of the coal which is at right angles to the face.
    • n butt A shoemakers' knife.
    • n butt Also spelled but.
    • butt To lay down bounds or limits for.
    • butt To cut off the ends of, as boards, in order to make square ends or to remove faulty portions.
    • butt To abut. See butt, verb, II., 2, 3.
    • butt Also spelled but.
    • n butt A leathern bottle or flask; a bucket: in this sense only in Middle English, usually spelled bit or bitt.
    • n butt A large cask, especially one to contain wine.
    • n butt A measure of wine equal to 126 United States (that is, old wine) gallons; a pipe. It is no longer a legal measure in Great Britain, and the common statement that an imperial butt is 126 imperial gallons is incorrect; the butt is 110 imperial gallons. The measure was originally used chiefly for Spanish wine, and the word was used to translate Spanish bota, which equaled 126 United States gallons, and to distinguish that from the Spanish pipa, which contained only 114 United States gallons. Its present value was legalized by a statute of Anne. It is now confounded with the pipe. The pipe of Madeira is reputed to contain 110 gallons; of Canary, 120; of Port, 138; of Marsala, 112. The bota and pipa, throughout Spain, vary but little from the values above given. In Portuguese countries two measures are common, one of 141 gallons(Oporto, Lisbon for oil), and another of 110 gallons (Lisbon, Madeira, Porto Rico, Bahia). There is besides a Portuguese pipe of 132 gallons (Lisbon for oil, Bahia). In Italy the name botte is applied to a cask holding 200 United States gallons or more; but it was in many places confounded with the pipa, which held only 160 to 170 gallons. The French word botte was never used as the name of a wine-measure; neither was the German butte or bütte. In Denmark there was a bodde of 123 United States gallons; in Gotha, a measure of the same name equal to 115 United States gallons. The botija of Bolivia is only 9.3 United States gallons. A butt of London beer, at the time when London beer was measured differently from ale, was 3 hogsheads. A butt of salmon, by a statute of Henry VI., was 84 gallons.
    • n butt A beehive.
    • n butt A cart.
    • n butt See but.
    • n butt In archery, the end of an arrow which is held against the bowstring in shooting: opposed to point.
    • n butt A shelter or concealment, built of blocks of peat or turf, for the gunner in grouse-driving on English and Scotch moors. Also called a battery.
    • n butt In the tobacco trade, a box 12 inches square, holding from 15 to 50 pounds.
    • n butt plural The ends or ‘cuttings’ of jute rejected by the manufacturer of cloth or bagging. They are used in making coarse kinds of paper.
    • butt To challenge to a trial of skill in wood-cutting.
    • butt In lumbering, to undertake, as a trial of skill, to cut off the butt-end of a prostrate log while an opponent is cutting through the smaller end.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Turtles can breathe through their butts
    • v.i., v.t Butt but to strike with the head, as a goat, &c
    • n Butt a push with the head of an animal
    • n Butt but a large cask: a wine-butt = 126 gallons, a beer and sherry butt = 108 gallons.
    • n Butt but a mark for archery practice: a mound behind musketry or artillery targets: one who is made the object of ridicule
    • n Butt but in longer form, Butt′-end, the thick and heavy end: the stump.
    • n Butt but an ox-hide minus the offal or pieces round the margins.
    • n Butt but or in longer form, Butt′-end, the thick and heavy end: the stump.
    • ***


  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.”
  • Picabo Street
    Picabo Street
    “When someone tells me there is only one way to do things, it always lights a fire under my butt. My instant reaction is, I'm going to prove you wrong!”
  • Babyface
    “Initially I wanted to be Muhammad Ali. But then I got into a fight and I got my butt kicked, so I figured I could choose something else.”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “Like a kick in the butt, the force of events wakes slumberous talents.”
  • Richard Saunders
    Richard Saunders
    “The lead dog gets the best view. The rest of the dogs view is butt ugly. Of course, the lead dog is also the first to fall into the ravine.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette and crushing the butt in the ashtray.”


Butt naked - If someone is butt naked, they have no clothes on at all, often when they can be seen.
Butt of a joke - If something or someone becomes the butt of a joke it or they are not taken seriously anymore.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. but, butt, aim (cf. butte, knoll), or bout, OF. bot, end, extremity, fr. boter, buter, to push, butt, strike, F. bouter,; of German origin; cf. OHG. bōzan, akin to E. beat,. See Beat (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.


In literature:

I wonder if I could sublease that Red Butte Ranch?
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
It was also the term for the white mark in the centre of a butt, at which the arrow was aimed.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
When I gave my warning, Butte & Boston was selling between 25 and 30.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
Lots of folks go every day, from Butte, Helena, all these towns all along the valleys.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
There they peeled them from butt to tip and smoothed them with stone scrapers.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
His lips parted and his eyes screwed up into a perplexed frown and he dropped the butt of his rifle to the ground.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Leverett thrust the butt of it into the pool.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
From the position of port arms a sentry can strike a severe blow with the butt of the rifle.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Go on to Butte, then back home.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
The soldiers laughed, and struck with the butts of their rifles on the palisading, as if to increase the confusion.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole

In poetry:

Coridon turnde to an owlle
Fledd to the wildernes:
Never flockes, butt leades his lyfe
In solytarynes:
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
I swayed upon the gaudy stem
The butt-end of a steering-oar,
And saw wherever I could turn
A crowd upon a shore.
"His Dream" by William Butler Yeats
He wood her butt, he wood her ben,
He wood her in the ha,
Until he got this lady's consent
To mount and ride awa.
"May Colven" by Andrew Lang
Butt beleefe ne makes the cause
Nor weauynge, workes the webb;
In the tyde his trauayll came
He tornèd in the ebb:
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
"He woo'd you butt, he woo'd you ben,
He woo'd you in the ha,
Until he got your own consent
For to mount and gang awa."
"May Colven" by Andrew Lang
Because I ever have pursu'd
The things that honest are, and good,
I am the public butt of all,
Who for my virtue seek my fall.
"Psalm XXXVIII." by Rees Prichard

In news:

Butt joins exodus to Aussie.
One of Tim Butt's happiest memories will be the 2004 Rowe Cup won by his champion Lyell Creek.
Where we snagged some tubes from Butts Tubes (whose home on the web is inexplicably Butts-free).
Boston butt makes a tasty centerpiece.
Can kick some serious butt.
Jets' Sanchez fumbles after hilariously running into teammate's butt.
How Holy Butt Mountain got its unique name.
In Hosanna -Tabor, government should butt out.
Climatologists and River Agency Butt Heads About Future of Southwest's Hydroelectric Power.
'I know Im going to work my butt off and get back to where I need to be,'.
I am customarily the butt of jokes due to the fact that things tend to sail over my head.
Some are calling it "bleacher butt".
"Ben, I wanted to thank you--you really saved our butts this time," he says, pumping the senator's hand.
Ariel Farmer, 14, left, Kyla Sharp Butte, 14, and Will Sharp Butte, 15, hang out at the Gus Stop on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.
With end-of-life decisions, government should butt out.

In science:

The number of edge endpoints (butts) with color a becomes na = Pb nab ≈ N hma i Pb Tab hmb i, and care must be taken that this matches the corresponding number of stubs, Pm maNm ≈ N hma i – thus the constraint (1) on T.
Random Graphs with Hidden Color
The set of distinct ways to combine these into a simple graph with color-matching between butts and stubs defines a set of colored graphs.
Random Graphs with Hidden Color
For each color a, make a complete random assignment between the na butts of color a and the na matching stubs, to determine which butt should attach to which stub.
Random Graphs with Hidden Color
Alternatively, the implementation could be done in a fully stochastic manner, where an extra initial step is to draw N colored degrees independently from pm , and a pool of edges from qab = hma i Tab hmb i / Pc hmc i, sub ject to matching counts of stubs and butts of each color.
Random Graphs with Hidden Color
The above analysis shows that DRG and IRG can be unified into a more general class of random graph models, defined in terms of a hidden coloring of stubs and butts, with specified distributions of colorextended vertex degrees as well of edge colorpairs.
Random Graphs with Hidden Color