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1a small disk or knob sewn onto a garment, either to fasten it by being pushed through a slit made for the purpose, or for decoration:a blouse with five buttons in front [as modifier]:button thread a small, round object resembling a button:chocolate buttons Fencing a knob fitted to the point of a foil to make it harmless. 2a knob on a piece of electrical or electronic equipment that is pressed to operate it. an element of a graphical user interface which a user can select to perform a particular action:just search for the app you want and click the ‘buy’ or ‘install’ button 3
chiefly North American a badge bearing a design or slogan and pinned to the clothing.
verb [with object]
fasten (clothing) with buttons:he buttoned up his jacket
(button someone into
) fasten the buttons of a garment being worn by (someone):he buttoned himself into the raincoat
[no object] (of a garment) be fastened with buttons:a dress that buttons down the front
) [often in imperative] informal stop talking.
1 informal complete or conclude something satisfactorily:trying to button up a deal 2repress or contain something:it was repressive enough to keep public opinion buttoned up