[poo sh-buht-n] /ˈpʊʃˌbʌt n/

operated by or as if by push buttons:
push-button tuning.
using complex, automated weapons, as long-range missiles, that require only simple initial steps to put them into action:
push-button warfare.
a device designed to close or open an electric circuit when a button or knob is depressed, and to return to a normal position when it is released.
the button or knob depressed.
an electrical switch operated by pressing a button, which closes or opens a circuit
(modifier) push-button


“characterized by the use of push-buttons,” 1945, originally of military systems, earlier “operated by push-buttons” (1903), from push-button (n.), 1865, from push (v.) + button (n.). Earlier was press-button (1892), from the noun (1879).

A roughly fingertip-sized plastic cover attached to a spring-loaded, normally-open switch, which, when pressed, closes the switch. Typical examples are the keys on a computer or calculator keyboard and mouse buttons.


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