Butchering to Buttonmold
1. The business of a butcher.
2. The act of slaughtering; the act of killing cruelly and needlessly.
That dreadful butchering of one another.
(Butch"er*li*ness) n. Butchery quality.
(Butch"er*ly), a. Like a butcher; without compunction; savage; bloody; inhuman; fell. "The victim
of a butcherly murder." D. Webster.
What stratagems, how fell, how butcherly,
This deadly quarrel daily doth beget!
(Butch"er's broom`) (Bot.) A genus of plants (Ruscus); esp. R. aculeatus, which has
large red berries and leaflike branches. See Cladophyll.
(Butch"er*y) n. [OE. bocherie shambles, fr. F. boucherie. See Butcher, n.]
1. The business of a butcher. [Obs.]
2. Murder or manslaughter, esp. when committed with unusual barbarity; great or cruel slaughter. Shak.
The perpetration of human butchery.
3. A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a place where blood is shed. [Obs.]
Like as an ox is hanged in the butchery.
Syn. Murder; slaughter; carnage. See Massacre.
(But"ler) n. [OE. boteler, F. bouteillier a bottle-bearer, a cupbearer, fr. LL. buticularius, fr. buticula
bottle. See Bottle a hollow vessel.] An officer in a king's or a nobleman's household, whose principal
business it is to take charge of the liquors, plate, etc.; the head servant in a large house.
The butler and the baker of the king of Egypt.
Gen. xl. 5.
Your wine locked up, your butler strolled abroad.
(But"ler*age) n. (O. Eng. Law) A duty of two shillings on every tun of wine imported into
England by merchant strangers; so called because paid to the king's butler for the king. Blackstone.
(But"ler*ship), n. The office of a butler.
(But"ment) n. [Abbreviation of Abutment.]
1. (Arch.) A buttress of an arch; the supporter, or that part which joins it to the upright pier.
2. (Masonry) The mass of stone or solid work at the end of a bridge, by which the extreme arches are
sustained, or by which the end of a bridge without arches is supported.
Butment cheek (Carp.), the part of a mortised timber surrounding the mortise, and against which the
shoulders of the tenon bear. Knight.
(Butt, But) n. [F. but butt, aim or bout, OF. bot, end, extremity, fr. boter, buter, to push, butt,
strike, F. bouter; of German origin; cf. OHG. bozan, akin to E. beat. See Beat, v. t.]