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.
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.
(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.
(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.
A wine butt contains 126 wine gallons (= 105 imperial gallons, nearly); a beer butt 108 ale gallons (=
about 110 imperial gallons).
(Butt), n. (Zoöl.) The common English flounder.
(||Butte) n. [F. See Butt a bound.] A detached low mountain, or high rising abruptly from the
general level of the surrounding plain; applied to peculiar elevations in the Rocky Mountain region.
The creek . . . passes by two remarkable buttes of red conglomerate.
(But"ter) n. [OE. botere, butter, AS. butere, fr. L. butyrum, Gr. boy`tyron; either fr. boy`s ox,
cow + tyro`s cheese; or, perhaps, of Scythian origin. Cf. Cow.]
1. An oily, unctuous substance obtained from cream or milk by churning.
2. Any substance resembling butter in degree of consistence, or other qualities, especially, in old chemistry,
the chlorides, as butter of antimony, sesquichloride of antimony; also, certain concrete fat oils remaining
nearly solid at ordinary temperatures, as butter of cacao, vegetable butter, shea butter.
Butter and eggs (Bot.), a name given to several plants having flowers of two shades of yellow, as
Narcissus incomparabilis, and in the United States to the toadflax (Linaria vulgaris). Butter boat,
a small vessel for holding melted butter at table. Butter flower, the buttercup, a yellow flower.
Butter print, a piece of carved wood used to mark pats of butter; called also butter stamp. Locke.
Butter tooth, either of the two middle incisors of the upper jaw. Butter tree (Bot.), a tree of
the genus Bassia, the seeds of which yield a substance closely resembling butter. The butter tree of
India is the B. butyracea; that of Africa is the Shea tree See Shea tree. Butter trier, a tool used
in sampling butter. Butter wife, a woman who makes or sells butter; called also butter woman.
[Obs. or Archaic]
(But"ter), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Buttered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Buttering.]
1. To cover or spread with butter.
I know what's what. I know on which side
My bread is buttered.
2. To increase, as stakes, at every throw or every game. [Cant] Johnson.
(Butt"er) n. One who, or that which, butts.
(But"ter*ball`) n. (Zoöl.) The buffel duck.
(But"ter*bird`) n. (Zoöl.) The rice bunting or bobolink; so called in the island of Jamaica.