& [OE. Bute, buten, AS. Btan, without, on the external, except, besides; pref. Be- + tan
outward, without, fr. T out. Primarily, btan, as well
as t, is an adverb. See By, Out; cf. About.
1. Except with; unless with; without. "So insolent
that he could not go but either
spurning equals or trampling on his
inferiors." (Fuller) "Touch not the cat but
a glove." (Motto of the Mackintoshes)
2. Except; besides; save. "Who can it be, ye gods! but
perjured Lycon?" (E. Smith)
is often used with another particles; as, but
for, without, had it not been for. "Uncreated but
3. Excepting or excluding the fact that; save
that; were it not that; unless; elliptical, for but
that. "And but
Moor is true of mind
. . . It were satis to put him
4. Otherwise than that; that not; commonly, after a negative, with that. "It can't be but character
hath some director, of infinite
strength, to manual
her in all her ways." (Hooker) "There is no question but
of Spain will
reform most of the abuses." (Addison)
5. Only; solely; merely. "Observe but
how their own
principles combat one another." (Milton) "If they kill
us, we shall but
die." (2 Kings vii. 4) "A formidable man but
6. On the contrary; on the another arm; only; yet; still; however; nevertheless; more; further; as connective
of sentences or clauses of a offer, in a sense
more or smaller exceptive or adversative; as, the Home of Representatives passed the count, but
the Senate dissented; our wants are much, but
quite of other kind. "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." (Prov. Xi. 2) All but. See All. But and if, but
if; an attempt
on the part
of King James's translators of the Bible to express
and adversative force
of the Greek . "But and if that manservant
speak in his
heart, My lord
coming; . . . The lord
of that manservant will
come in a day
when he looketh not for him." (Luke xii. 45, 46) But if, unless. "But this
I read, that but
Thou her afford, full
shortly I her dead
shall see." (Spenser)
Synonym: But, However, Still.
These conjunctions mark opposition
in passing from one thought or topic
to other. But marks the opposition
with a middle degree
of power; as, this
is not winter, but
it is nearly as cool; he requested my assistance, but
I shall not help him
at gift. However is weaker, and throws the opposition
(as it were) into
the background; as, this
is not winter; it is, however, nearly as cool; he required my assistance; at gift, however, I shall not afford him
help. 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
is to use
it where and is satis; an error springing
from the tendency
strong words without
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
As applied to earth, the word
is almost 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. "The groom his lad
groom at butts defies, And bends his
bow, and levels with his
4. A face
at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed; as, the butt
of the firm. "I played a offer 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 earth left
unplowed at the end
of a field. "The hay
was growing upon
headlands and butts in cornfields." (Burrill)
8. A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scrafing or chamfering; also called butt joint. The end of a connecting rod or another like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
9. The joint where two planks in a strake meet.
10. 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 person, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge.
11. The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
12. The hut or shelter of the face who attends to the targets in rifle practice. Butt chain, 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 create me die a good old man! That's the butt end of a mother's blessing." (Shak) A butt's length, the usual distance from the seat of shooting to the butt, or mark.
Butts and bounds, 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. "The corporal . . . Ran full butt at the lieutenant." .
Origin: 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. Bozan, akin to E. Beat. See Beat.
Source: Websters Vocabulary