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buttonhole a small slit in a garment through which a button can be fastened. [3 definitions]
buttonhook a small, usu. metal hook used to pull buttons through their holes, esp. on shoes and gloves.
buttonless combined form of button.
button tree a West Indian tree or shrub that bears hard, button-shaped fruit and yields heavy, compact wood.
buttonwood a North American tree related to the sycamore, which bears a nonedible button-shaped fruit and yields hardwood suitable for timber.
buttress a structure that gives support to the outside of a building by absorbing excessive outward thrust. [4 definitions]
butut the smaller monetary unit of Gambia. (Cf. dalasi.)
butyl any of four hydrocarbon radicals having three carbon molecules and a valence of one.
butyl alcohol any of four isomeric alcohols with three carbon molecules, obtained from petroleum products and used in organic synthesis or as solvents.
butyric acid an organic acid found in animal milk fats, esp. rancid butter, and used to produce certain fragrances, disinfectants, flavors, and pharmaceuticals.
buxom of a woman, having a large bosom. [2 definitions]
buy to obtain in exchange for money; purchase. [7 definitions]
buyer one who buys. [2 definitions]
buyer's market a market or economy in which prices are relatively low because of an abundance of goods or services. (Cf. seller's market.)
buy off to give money in exchange for cooperation, silence, or noninterference; bribe.
buyout the buying of an entire business, as by managers, employees, or outside parties, usu. heavily financed by borrowing.
buzz a vibrating hum or murmur. [9 definitions]
buzzard any of several American vultures. [2 definitions]
buzz bomb (informal) see robot bomb.
buzzer any of numerous mechanical or electrical devices that signal by buzzing.
buzz saw a power-operated circular saw.