But·ton(btn), Richard Totten Known as Dick. Born 1929.
American figure skater who was U.S. mens champion from 1946 to 1952 and won Olympic gold medals in 1948 and 1952.
a. A generally disk-shaped fastener used to join two parts of a garment by fitting through a buttonhole or loop.
b. Such an object used for decoration.
2. Any of various objects resembling a button, especially:
a. A push-button switch.
b. The blunt tip of a fencing foil.
c. A fused metal or glass globule.
3. Computer Science
a. In graphical user interface systems, a well-defined area within the interface that is clicked to select a command.
b. In a hypertext database, an icon that when selected allows a user to view a particular associated object.
4. Any of various knoblike structures of a plant or animal, especially:
a. An immature, unexpanded mushroom.
b. The tip of a rattlesnakes rattle.
5. A usually round flat badge that bears a design or printed information and is typically pinned to a garment: a campaign button.
6. Informal The end of the chin, regarded as the point of impact for a punch.
v.but·toned, but·ton·ing, but·tons
1. To fasten with buttons: buttoned his shirt; buttoned up her raincoat.
2. To decorate or furnish with buttons.
3. Informal To close (the lips or mouth): Button your lip.
To be or be capable of being fastened with buttons: The blouse buttons up the back.
1. To fasten ones clothing tightly, as against cold weather.
2. To close or seal securely: button up the cabin for winter.
3. To complete the final details of: Publication is a couple of months off; theyre just buttoning up paperback rights(Donald Dale Jackson).
on the button
[Middle English, from Old French bouton, from bouter, to thrust, of Germanic origin; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.]
button /btn/ n.1 a small round fastener for holding clothing together: A button on his shirt fell off.2 a part of a machine that is pushed: Press that button on the answering machine to listen to the messages.3 a pin or badge with a message: The candidate gave out campaign buttons. adv.right on the button: accurately, exactly right: She hit the answers to the exam questions right on the button; she got all of them correct. v. [T] 1 to fasten a button: He buttoned his shirt.2 phrasal v.sep.to button s.t. up:a. to fasten with buttons: He buttoned up his shirt. ||He buttoned it up.b. to finish s.t.: Lets button up the business deal by signing the contract.||Lets button it up.