button

button
n. & v.
—n.
1 a small disc or knob sewn on to a garment, either to fasten it by being pushed through a buttonhole, or as an ornament or badge.
2 a knob on a piece of esp. electronic equipment which is pressed to operate it.
3 a a small round object (chocolate buttons). b (attrib.) anything resembling a button (button nose).
4 a a bud. b a button mushroom.
5 Fencing a terminal knob on a foil making it harmless.
—v.
1 tr. & intr. = button up 1.
2 tr. supply with buttons.
Phrases and idioms:
buttonball tree (or button wood) US a plane-tree, Platanus occidentalis. button chrysanthemum a variety of chrysanthemum with small spherical flowers. buttoned up colloq.
1 formal and inhibited in manner.
2 silent. button one's lip esp. US sl. remain silent. button mushroom a young unopened mushroom. button-through (of a dress) fastened with buttons from neck to hem like a coat.
button up
1 fasten with buttons.
2 colloq. complete (a task etc.) satisfactorily.
3 colloq. become silent. not worth a button worthless. on the button esp. US sl. precisely.
Derivatives:
buttoned adj. buttonless adj. buttony adj.
Etymology: ME f. OF bouton, ult. f. Gmc

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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