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Buteo vulgaris
butler's pantry
Butment cheek
Butomus umbellatus
butt against
Butt and butt
Butt chain
butt end
butt heads
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butt in
butt joint
butt on
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Butt definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BUTT, n. [See But.] Literally, end, furthest point. Hence, a mark to be shot at; the point where a mark is set or fixed to be shot at.
1. The point to which a purpose or effort is directed.
2. The object of aim; the thing against which an attack is directed. Hence,
3. The person at whom ridicule,jests or contempt are directed; as the butt of ridicule.
4. A push or thrust given by the head of an animal, as the butt of a ram; also, a thrust in fencing.
5. A cask whose contents are 126 gallons of wine, or two hogsheads; called also a pipe. A butt of beer is 108 gallons, and fRomans 1500 to 2200 weight of currants is a butt.
6. The end of a plank in a ship's side or bottom.
7. A particular kind of hinge for doors, etc.
BUTT, v.i. [L. peto.] To thrust the head forward; to strike by thrusting the head against, as an ox or a ram.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: thick end of the handle [syn: butt, butt end]
2: the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots
3: a victim of ridicule or pranks [syn: butt, goat, laughingstock, stooge]
4: the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?" [syn: buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass]
5: sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at [syn: target, butt]
6: finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking [syn: cigarette, cigaret, coffin nail, butt, fag]
7: a joint made by fastening ends together without overlapping [syn: butt joint, butt]
8: a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)
9: the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking) [syn: butt, stub] v
1: lie adjacent to another or share a boundary; "Canada adjoins the U.S."; "England marches with Scotland" [syn: border, adjoin, edge, abut, march, butt, butt against, butt on]
2: to strike, thrust or shove against; "He butted his sister out of the way"; "The goat butted the hiker with his horns" [syn: butt, bunt]
3: place end to end without overlapping; "The frames must be butted at the joints"

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French buter, boter, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German b?zan to beat more at beat Date: 13th century intransitive verb to thrust or push headfirst ; strike with the head or horns transitive verb to strike or shove with the head or horns II. noun Date: 1647 a blow or thrust usually with the head or horns III. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French but, bout, from Old Occitan bota, from Late Latin buttis Date: 14th century 1. a large cask especially for wine, beer, or water 2. any of various units of liquid capacity; especially a measure equal to 108 imperial gallons (491 liters) IV. noun Etymology: Middle English, partly from Middle French but target, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse b?tr log, Low German butt blunt; partly from Middle French bute goal, target, mound, from but target Date: 14th century 1. a. a backstop (as a mound or bank) for catching missiles shot at a target b. target c. plural range 5c d. a blind for shooting birds 2. a. obsolete limit, bound b. archaic goal <here is my journey's end, here is my butt Shakespeare> 3. an object of abuse or ridicule ; victim <the butt of all their jokes> V. noun Etymology: Middle English; probably akin to Middle English buttok buttock, Low German butt blunt Date: 15th century 1. buttocks often used as a euphemism for ass in idiomatic expressions <get your butt over here> <kick butt> <saved our butts> 2. the large or thicker end part of something: a. a lean upper cut of the pork shoulder b. the base of a plant from which the roots spring c. the thicker or handle end of a tool or weapon 3. a. an unused remainder (as of a cigarette or cigar) b. slang cigarette 4. the part of a hide or skin corresponding to the animal's back and sides VI. verb Etymology: partly from 4butt, partly from 5butt Date: 1634 intransitive verb abut used with on or against transitive verb 1. to place end to end or side to side without overlapping 2. to trim or square off (as a log) at the end 3. to reduce (as a cigarette) to a butt by stubbing or stamping

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. v. & n. --v. 1 tr. & intr. push with the head or horns. 2 a intr. (usu. foll. by against, upon) come with one end flat against, meet end to end with, abut. b tr. (usu. foll. by against) place (timber etc.) with the end flat against a wall etc. --n. 1 a push with the head. 2 a join of two edges. Phrases and idioms: butt in interrupt, meddle. Etymology: ME f. AF buter, OF boter f. Gmc: infl. by BUTT(2) and ABUT 2. n. 1 (often foll. by of) an object (of ridicule etc.) (the butt of his jokes; made him their butt). 2 a a mound behind a target. b (in pl.) a shooting-range. c a target. 3 a grouse-shooter's stand screened by low turf or a stone wall. Etymology: ME f. OF but goal, of unkn. orig. 3. n. 1 (also butt-end) the thicker end, esp. of a tool or a weapon (gun butt). 2 a the stub of a cigar or a cigarette. b (also butt-end) a remnant (the butt of the evening). 3 esp. US sl. the buttocks. 4 (also butt-end) the square end of a plank meeting a similar end. 5 the trunk of a tree, esp. the part just above the ground. Phrases and idioms: butt weld a weld in which the pieces are joined end to end. Etymology: Du. bot stumpy 4. n. a cask, esp. as a measure of wine or ale. Etymology: AL butta, bota, AF but, f. OF bo(u)t f. LL buttis 5. n. a flat-fish (e.g. a sole, plaice, or turbot). Etymology: MLG, MDu. but flat-fish

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Butt Butt, But But, n. [F. but butt, aim (cf. butte knoll), or bout, OF. bot, end, extremity, fr. boter, buter, to push, butt, strike, F. bouter; of German origin; cf. OHG. b[=o]zan, akin to E. beat. See Beat, v. t.] 1. A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end. Here is my journey's end, here my butt And very sea mark of my utmost sail. --Shak. Note: As applied to land, the word is nearly synonymous with mete, and signifies properly the end line or boundary; the abuttal. 2. The thicker end of anything. See But. 3. A mark to be shot at; a target. --Sir W. Scott. The groom his fellow groom at butts defies, And bends his bow, and levels with his eyes. --Dryden. 4. A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed; as, the butt of the company. I played a sentence or two at my butt, which I thought very smart. --Addison. 5. A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head of an animal; as, the butt of a ram. 6. A thrust in fencing. To prove who gave the fairer butt, John shows the chalk on Robert's coat. --Prior. 7. A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field. The hay was growing upon headlands and butts in cornfields. --Burrill. 8. (Mech.) (a) A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering; -- also called butt joint. (b) The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib. (c) The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose. 9. (Shipbuilding) The joint where two planks in a strake meet. 10. (Carp.) A kind of hinge used in hanging doors, etc.; -- so named because fastened on the edge of the door, which butts against the casing, instead of on its face, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge. 11. (Leather Trade) The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks. 12. The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice. Butt chain (Saddlery), a short chain attached to the end of a tug. Butt end. The thicker end of anything. See But end, under 2d But. Amen; and make me die a good old man! That's the butt end of a mother's blessing. --Shak. A butt's length, the ordinary distance from the place of shooting to the butt, or mark. Butts and bounds (Conveyancing), abuttals and boundaries. In lands of the ordinary rectangular shape, butts are the lines at the ends (F. bouts), and bounds are those on the sides, or sidings, as they were formerly termed. --Burrill. Bead and butt. See under Bead. Butt and butt, joining end to end without overlapping, as planks. Butt weld (Mech.), a butt joint, made by welding together the flat ends, or edges, of a piece of iron or steel, or of separate pieces, without having them overlap. See Weld. Full butt, headfirst with full force. [Colloq.] ``The corporal . . . ran full butt at the lieutenant.'' --Marryat.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Butt Butt, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Butted; p. pr. & vb. n. Butting.] [OE. butten, OF. boter to push, F. bouter. See Butt an end, and cf. Boutade.] 1. To join at the butt, end, or outward extremity; to terminate; to be bounded; to abut. [Written also but.] And Barnsdale there doth butt on Don's well-watered ground. --Drayton. 2. To thrust the head forward; to strike by thrusting the head forward, as an ox or a ram. [See Butt, n.] A snow-white steer before thine altar led, Butts with his threatening brows. --Dryden.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Butt Butt, v. t. To strike by thrusting the head against; to strike with the head. Two harmless lambs are butting one the other. --Sir H. Wotton.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Butt Butt, n. [F. botte, boute, LL. butta. Cf. Bottle a hollow vessel.] A large cask or vessel for wine or beer. It contains two hogsheads. Note: A wine butt contains 126 wine gallons (= 105 imperial gallons, nearly); a beer butt 108 ale gallons (= about 110 imperial gallons).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Butt Butt, n. (Zo["o]l.) The common English flounder.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(butts, butting, butted) 1. Someone's butt is their bottom. (AM INFORMAL, RUDE) Frieda grinned, pinching him on the butt. N-COUNT 2. The butt or the butt end of a weapon or tool is the thick end of its handle. Troops used tear gas and rifle butts to break up the protests... N-COUNT: oft n N, N of n 3. The butt of a cigarette or cigar is the small part of it that is left when someone has finished smoking it. = stub N-COUNT: oft n N, N of n 4. A butt is a large barrel used for collecting or storing liquid. N-COUNT: usu with supp 5. If someone or something is the butt of jokes or criticism, people often make fun of them or criticize them. He is still the butt of cruel jokes about his humble origins. = target N-SING: usu the N of n 6. If a person or animal butts you, they hit you with the top of their head. Lawrence kept on butting me but the referee did not warn him. VERB: V n, also V n prep 7. see also head-butt, water butt

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Mark, object, target, point aimed at. 2. Laughing-stock. 3. Stroke, blow. 4. Cask, pipe. II. v. n. Strike (with the head or the horns), push, bunt (colloq.).

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A dependant, poor relation, or simpleton, on whom all kinds of practical jokes are played off; and who serves as a butt for all the shafts of wit and ridicule.

Moby Thesaurus

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