• A few buckles and buttons in the Jamestown collection. Many are over 300 years old
    A few buckles and buttons in the Jamestown collection. Many are over 300 years old
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v button fasten with buttons "button the dress"
    • v button provide with buttons "button a shirt"
    • n button a round fastener sewn to shirts and coats etc to fit through buttonholes
    • n button any artifact that resembles a button
    • n button an electrical switch operated by pressing "the elevator was operated by push buttons","the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk"
    • n button a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism
    • n button a female sexual organ homologous to the penis
    • n button a round flat badge displaying information and suitable for pinning onto a garment "they passed out campaign buttons for their candidate"
    • n button any of various plant parts that resemble buttons
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He looks exasperated. The caption says: “There my child, have I not as many buttons as Lady Golderoy now?” A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No other animal gives us more by-products than the hog. These by-products include pig suede, buttons, glass, paint brushes, crayons, chalk, and insulation to name a few
    • Button A bud; a germ of a plant.
    • Button A catch, of various forms and materials, used to fasten together the different parts of dress, by being attached to one part, and passing through a slit, called a buttonhole, in the other; -- used also for ornament.
    • Button A globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a crucible, after fusion.
    • Button A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass.
    • Button A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, as a door.
    • v. i Button To be fastened by a button or buttons; as, the coat will not button .
    • Button To dress or clothe.
    • Button To fasten with a button or buttons; to inclose or make secure with buttons; -- often followed by up. "He was a tall, fat, long-bodied man, buttoned up to the throat in a tight green coat."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Navel oranges got their name because the bottom of this type of orange resembles a belly button or navel
    • n button Any knob or ball fastened to another body; specifically, such an object used to secure together different parts of a garment, to one portion of which it is fastened in such a way that it can be passed through a slit (called a buttonhole) in another portion, or through a loop. Buttons are sometimes sewed to garments for ornament. They are made of metal, horn, wood, mother-of-pearl, etc., and were formerly common in very rich materials, especially during the eighteenth century, when the coats of gentlemen at the French court had buttons of gold and precious stones, pearl, enamel, and the like. Later buttons of diamonds or of paste imitating diamonds were worn, matching the buckles of the same period.
    • n button plural (used as a singular). A page: so called from the buttons, commonly gilt, which adorn his jacket.
    • n button A knob of gold, crystal, coral, ruby, or other precious stone, worn by Chinese officials, both civil and military, on the tops of their hats as a badge of rank; hence, the rank itself: as, a blue button. There are nine ranks, the first or highest being distinguished by a transparent red (or ruby) button; the second, by opaque red (coral); the third, by transparent blue (sapphire); the fourth, by opaque blue (lapis lazuli); the fifth, by transparent white (crystal); the sixth, by opaque white; the seventh, by plain gold; the eighth, by worked gold; and the ninth or lowest, by plain gold with the character for “old age” engraved on it in two places. A scholar who has passed the siu-tsai (or bachelor) examination is entitled to wear the last.
    • n button A knob or protuberance resembling a button. Specifically— The knob of metal which terminates the breech of most pieces of ordnance, and which affords a convenient bearing for the application of hand-spikes, breechings,etc.; a cascabel. [Eng.]
    • n button A bud of a plant.
    • n button A flat or elongated piece of wood or metal, turning on a nail or screw, used to fasten doors, windows, etc.
    • n button A small round mass of metal lying at the bottom of a crucible or cupel after fusion.
    • n button In an organ, a small round piece of leather which, when screwed on the tapped wire of a tracker, prevents it from jumping out of place.
    • n button A ring of leather through which the reins of a bridle pass, and which runs along the length of the reins.
    • n button In zoology: The terminal segment of the crepitaculum or rattle of a rattlesnake. See crepitaculum.
    • n button In entomology, a knob-like protuberance on the posterior extremity of the larvæ of certain butterflies, also called the anal button or cremaster. Sometimes there is a second one, called the preanal button.
    • n button plural A name given to young mushrooms, such as are used for pickling.
    • n button plural Sheep's dung: sometimes used for dung in general.
    • n button A small cake.
    • n button A person who acts as a decoy. Specifically— An auctioneer's accomplice who employs various devices to delude bidders so as to raise the price of articles sold, etc.
    • button To attach a button or buttons to.
    • button To fasten with a button or buttons; secure, or join the parts or edges of, with buttons: often followed by up: as, to button up a waistcoat.
    • button To be capable of being buttoned.
    • n button A finger-knob or key on the concertina and some accordions.
    • n button In pathology, any small, rounded, circumscribed elevation on the cutaneous or mucous surface.
    • button To bud or form imperfect heads, offsets, rosettes, tubers, or bulbs: for example, the cauliflower buttons when the head sends up imperfect and irregular glomerules, thus destroying the symmetry and solidity of the head.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Animals that lay eggs don't have belly buttons.
    • n Button but′n a knob of metal, bone, &c., used to fasten the dress: the knob at the end of a foil: the head of an unexpanded mushroom: the knob of an electric bell, &c.: anything of small value, as in the phrase, 'I don't care a button:' a person who acts as a decoy:
    • v.t Button to fasten by means of buttons: to close up tightly
    • v.i Button to be fastened with buttons
    • v.t Button to detain in talk, as if by taking hold of a man by the button
    • n Button but′n (pl.) young mushrooms, sheep's dung
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  • Ringo Starr
    Ringo Starr
    “America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Everybody has a hot button. Who is pushing yours? While you probably cannot control that person, you CAN control the way you react to them.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Never hold anyone by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.”
  • Daniel Chopin
    Daniel Chopin
    “There's nothing like a Catholic wedding to make you wish life had a fast forward button.”


Bright as a button - A person who is as bright as a button is very intelligent or smart.
Button your lip - If you button your lip, you keep quiet and don't speak. It is also used as a way of telling someone to shut up.
Cute as a button - If someone's as cute as a button, they are very attractive.
Don't push my buttons! - This can be said to someone who is starting to annoy you.
Hot button - (USA) A hot button is a topic or issue that people feel very strongly about.
Push the panic button - If someone pushes the panic button, they respond to a situation by becoming very frightened or excited.
Your belly button is bigger than your stomach - If your belly button is bigger than your stomach, you take on more responsibilities than you can handle.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. boton, botoun, F. bouton, button, bud, prop. something pushing out, fr. bouter, to push. See Butt an end
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bouton, any small projection, from bouter, to push.


In literature:

The button and the bar of wood remained in its place, but the door was gone.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
Her tiny fingers were fine and quick, but they missed the red button.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Must know how to work a button-hole, or knit or crochet, sew a seam and hem a garment.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Gentlemen's favors are usually useful, such as scarf pins, sleeve buttons, small purses, etc.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
He pressed a button and the starting motor whined for a moment.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
When you have it lined up, push this button and the gun will fire.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
That's what they all say, the minute they lay eyes on that button!
"Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts" by Roy Rutherford Bailey
She put on her nightgown, but she could not button it.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
Hubert touched the buttons on his reefer and sat up very straight in his place.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Alex gets in and pushes a button with his foot.
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer

In poetry:

Where is the nicely laundered shirt
That Kendall Evans wore,
And Robbie James' tricot coat
All buttoned up before?
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
The button-holes, we will impart,
Were wrought with silver all;
Design'd to catch a lady's heart:
Whoever sees must fall.
"The Spotted Coat" by William Hutton
The Negro
with the trumpet at his lips
whose jacket
Has a fine one-button roll,
does not know
upon what riff the music slips
"Trumpet Player" by Langston Hughes
Forgetting a button to sew on your shirt
You deem a good ground for divorce--
Silly elf!--
You deem a good ground for divorce!
"Grounds For Divorce." by George Pope Morris
'Tis walking in the moonlight,
'Tis buttoning on a glove,
'Tis lips that speak of plays next week,
While eyes are talking love.
"What Is Flirtation?" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
And paint shall keep his buttons bright
Though all the world's forgot
Whether he died for England's pride
By battle, or by pot.
"The General Elliott" by Robert Graves

In news:

This guy really pushed his buttons.
Girls in tight jeans or miniskirts and low-cut tank tops grind on the laps of preppy, spiky-haired college guys in button-down dress shirts, who outnumber the girls (as usual).
To add the NATURE video player to your blog or profile, click the "Share" button.
Groking the missing Start menu button on Server 2012.
' Blake Shelton didn't add one singer, although he pushed his button several times.
When I think of the freedom I had as a child to be outdoors and disappear for long hours, the memory is like an old black and white film with no relation at all to today's buttoned up world.
Click on the play button below to listen to Marc's interview with assistant coach Josh Schaudi.
Click the Options button at the bottom of the utility's window (also known as the deskview).
Click on the 'Get This' button located on the bottom left hand corner of the Variety widget.
You can print, save, and scroll pages of the document from the buttons, icons and arrows located on the toolbar below.
The British-American's polemical writings on religion, politics, war and other hot-button topics established him as a leading public intellectual.
For years I wore a button -- 59 cents.
Two hot-button issues are converging to crank the political dial way past "riled-up" – healthcare reform and immigration.
Will casting your vote for the next president of the United States soon be as easy as pressing some buttons on your mobile device from the comfort of your living room.
My cute-as-a-button daughter is coming down the home stretch of her college education on schedule to graduate in May 2011.

In science:

First, as in a black-box approach, we execute the GUI application and enumerate the GUI’s widgets (e.g., windows, buttons, and text fields).
Black-Box Verification for GUI Applications
Those abstractions are based on structural features of GUI applications, e.g., the enabledness of a button (enabled or disabled) using a boolean value, or the current value of slider control using an integer value.
Black-Box Verification for GUI Applications
To add a class, the classes tab is selected, add subclass button is pressed.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
To c rea te an ob jec t p rope r ty sw i tch to ob jec t properties tab, use the add object property button, this creates a new object property.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
Hypertext followup buttons that will be displayed at the bottom of the response text.
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation