button

but•ton
[[t]ˈbʌt n[/t]] n.
1) clo a small disk, knob, or the like attached to an article, as of clothing, and serving as a fastener when passed through a buttonhole or loop
2) anything resembling a button, esp. in being small and round, as a candy, ornament, or marker
3) cvb a badge or emblem bearing a name, slogan, or the like, for wear on the lapel, dress, etc.:
campaign buttons[/ex]
4) a small knob or disk pressed to activate an electric circuit, operate a machine, open a door, etc
5) cmp cmp (in a graphical user interface) any of the small, labeled, button-shaped areas upon which the user can click, as with a mouse, to choose an option
6) fng a young or undeveloped mushroom
7) zool. any of various small parts or structures resembling a button, as the rattle at the tip of the tail in a very young rattlesnake
8) inf spo Informal. the point of the chin
9) mel (in assaying) a small globule or lump of metal at the bottom of a crucible after fusion
10) spo the protective, blunting knob fixed to the point of a fencing foil
11) to fasten with or as if with a button or buttons:
Button your coat[/ex]
12) to insert (a button) in a buttonhole or loop
13) to be capable of being buttoned:
This coat buttons up the front[/ex]
Etymology: 1275–1325; ME boto(u) n < AF: rosehip, button, stud; MF boton=boter to butt III+-on n. suffix but′ton•er, n. but′ton•less, adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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