button

button
[[t]bʌ̱t(ə)n[/t]]
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buttons, buttoning, buttoned
1) N-COUNT Buttons are small hard objects sewn on to shirts, coats, or other pieces of clothing. You fasten the clothing by pushing the buttons through holes called buttonholes.

...a coat with brass buttons.

2) VERB If you button a shirt, coat, or other piece of clothing, you fasten it by pushing its buttons through the buttonholes.

[V n] Ferguson stood up and buttoned his coat.

Button up means the same as button.

V P n (not pron) I buttoned up my coat; it was chilly... V n P The young man slipped on the shirt and buttoned it up... V-ed P It was freezing out there even in his buttoned-up overcoat.

3) N-COUNT A button is a small object on a machine or electrical device that you press in order to operate it.

He reached for the remote control and pressed the `play' button.

4) N-COUNT A button is a small piece of metal or plastic which you wear in order to show that you support a particular movement, organization, or person. You fasten a button to your clothes with a pin. [AM]
(in BRIT, use badge)
5) PHRASE: V and N inflect If you say that someone presses the right button or pushes the right button, you mean that they get what they want from a particular situation or person by behaving in a clever way.

Buchanan pushed all the right buttons, appealing to Maher's loyalty and to his guilt.

Phrasal Verbs:

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  • button — ► NOUN 1) a small disc or knob sewn on to a garment to fasten it by being pushed through a buttonhole. 2) a knob on a piece of electrical or electronic equipment which is pressed to operate it. 3) chiefly N. Amer. a decorative badge pinned to… …   English terms dictionary

  • button — mid 13c. (implied in botouner button maker ), from O.Fr. boton (Fr. bouton) a button, bud (12c.), from bouter, boter to thrust (see BUTT (Cf. butt) (v.)). Thus a button is, etymologically, something that pushes up, or thrusts out. The verb is… …   Etymology dictionary

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