but|ton1 S2 [ˈbʌtn] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: boton, from boter; BUTT2]
1.) a small round flat object on your shirt, coat etc which you pass through a hole to fasten it
small pearl buttons
A button was missing from his shirt.
She undid (=unfastened) the buttons of her blouse.
do up a button
BrE (=fasten a button)
2.) a small part or area of a machine that you press to make it do something
Press the pause button .
Click on the icon with the right mouse button .
3.) a small area on a computer screen, especially on a website, that you ↑click on in order to perform an action
4.) AmE a small metal or plastic pin with a message or picture on it
British Equivalent: badge
presidential campaign buttons
5.) button nose/eyes
a nose or eyes that are small and round
6.) on the button
especially AmE informal exactly right, or at exactly the right time
She got to our house at two, on the button.
7.) press/push (all) the right buttons
to get what you want by behaving in a clever way
She seemed to push all the right buttons.
8.) press/push sb's buttons
to make someone angry by doing or saying something that annoys them
He really knows how to push Dad's buttons.
9.) at/with the push/touch of a button
used to emphasize how easy a machine is to use because it is controlled by pushing a button
The instrument can gauge a distance with the push of a button.
as bright as a button atbright
button 2
button2 v [I and T]
1.) also button up
to fasten clothes with buttons or to be fastened with buttons
Sam, make sure Nina buttons up her jacket.
2.) button it!
BrE button your lip/mouth AmE spoken used to tell someone in a rude way to stop talking

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