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BUT'TON, noun but'n.

1. A knob; a small ball; a catch, used to fasten together the different parts of dress, made of metal, silk, mohair, wood, etc.

2. Any knob or ball fastened to another body; a small protuberant body.

3. A bud; a gem of a plant.

4. The button of the reins of a bridle, is a ring of leather, with the reins passed through, which runs along the length of the reins.

5. A flat piece of wood, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten doors.

6. A small round mass of metal, found at the bottom of a crucible, in chimical experiments.

7. The sea-urchin, an animal which has prickles instead of feet.

BUT'TON, verb transitive but'n. To fasten with a button or buttons; to inclose, or make secure with buttons; often followed with up, as to button up a waistcoat.

1. To dress or clothe. [Not used.]