6. On the contrary; on the other hand; only; yet; still; however; nevertheless; more; further; as connective
of sentences or clauses of a sentence, in a sense more or less exceptive or adversative; as, the House
of Representatives passed the bill, but the Senate dissented; our wants are many, but quite of another
Now abideth faith hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Cor. xiii. 13.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame; but with the lowly is wisdom. All but. See under All. But and if, but if; an attempt on the part of King James's translators of the
Bible to express the conjunctive and adversative force of the Greek .
Prov. xi. 2.
But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; . . . the lord of that servant will
come in a day when he looketh not for him. But if, unless. [Obs.] Chaucer.
Luke xii. 45, 46.
But this I read, that but if remedy
Thou her afford, full shortly I her dead shall see.
Syn. But, However, Still. These conjunctions mark opposition in passing from one thought or topic
to another. But marks the opposition with a medium degree of strength; as, this is not winter, but it is
almost as cold; he requested my assistance, but I shall not aid him at present. However is weaker,
and throws the opposition (as it were) into the background; as, this is not winter; it is, however, almost
as cold; he required my assistance; at present, however, I shall not afford him aid. The plan, however, is
still under consideration, and may yet be adopted. Still is stronger than but, and marks the opposition
more emphatically; as, your arguments are weighty; still they do not convince me. See Except, However.
"The chief error with but is to use it where and is enough; an error springing from the tendency to use
strong words without sufficient occasion." Bain.
(But) n. [Cf. But, prep., adv. & conj.] The outer apartment or kitchen of a two-roomed house;
opposed to ben, the inner room. [Scot.]
(But), n. [See 1st But.]
1. A limit; a boundary.
2. The end; esp. the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in distinction from the sharp, end. See 1st Butt.
But end, the larger or thicker end; as, the but end of a log; the but end of a musket. See Butt, n.
(But), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Butted; p. pr. & vb. n. Butting.] See Butt, v., and Abut, v.
(Bu"tane) n. [L. butyrum butter. See Butter.] (Chem.) An inflammable gaseous hydrocarbon,
C4H10, of the marsh gas, or paraffin, series.
(Butch"er) n. [OE. bochere, bochier, OF. bochier, F. boucher, orig., slaughterer of buck goats,
fr. OF. boc, F. bouc, a buck goat; of German or Celtic origin. See Buck the animal.]
1. One who slaughters animals, or dresses their flesh for market; one whose occupation it is to kill animals
2. A slaughterer; one who kills in large numbers, or with unusual cruelty; one who causes needless loss
of life, as in battle. "Butcher of an innocent child." Shak.
Butcher bird (Zoöl.), a species of shrike of the genus Lanius.