American English

Definition of button noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a small round piece of metal, plastic, etc. that is sewn onto a piece of clothing and used for fastening two parts together to button/unbutton your buttons to sew on a button shirt buttons a row of gold buttons
  2. 2a small part of a machine that you press to make it work the play/stop/rewind button Adam pressed a button and waited for the elevator. Choose “printer” from the menu and click with the right mouse button. The windows slide down at the touch of a button. see also push-button
  3. 3a small area on a computer screen that you click on to make it do something Click on the back button to go back to the previous screen.
  4. 4a round, flat, metal pin, especially one with a message printed on it He wore a button saying “Life begins at 40!” see also belly button
  5. Idioms
      on the button (informal)
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    1. 1at exactly the right time or at the exact time mentioned We arrived at 4 o'clock on the button.
    2. 2exactly right You're on the button there!
    push all the (right) buttons (informal)
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    to do exactly the right things to please someone a new satirical comedy show that pushes all the right buttons
    push somebody's buttons (informal)
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    to make someone react in either a positive or a negative way I've known him for years, but I still don't know what pushes his buttons.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: button