Pronunciation: bŭt
prep.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.
3.Excepting or excluding the fact that; save that; were it not that; unless; - elliptical, for but that.
And but my noble Moor is true of mind . . . it were enough to put him to ill thinking.
- Shak.
4.Otherwise than that; that not; - commonly, after a negative, with that.
It cannot be but nature hath some director, of infinite power, to guide her in all her ways.
- Hooker.
There is no question but the king 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 to his friends.
- Dryden.
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 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 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 .
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.
- Luke xii. 45, 46.
But if
- Chaucer.
But this I read, that but if remedy
Thou her afford, full shortly I her dead shall see.
- Spenser.
n.1.The outer apartment or kitchen of a two-roomed house; - opposed to ben, the inner room.
1.A limit; a boundary.
2.The end; esp. the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in distinction from the sharp, end. Now disused in this sense, being replaced by butt{2}. 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.
v. i.1.See Butt, v., and Abut, v.
[imp. & p. p. Butted; p. pr. & vb. n. Butting.]
Adv.1.but - and nothing more; "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child"; "hopes that last but a moment"
Synonyms: just, merely, only, simply
after all, again, albeit, all the same, alone, aside from, at all events, at any rate, bar, barring, besides, entirely, even, even so, except, except that, excepting, excluding, exclusively, for all that, howbeit, if not, in any case, in any event, just the same, merely, nonetheless, notwithstanding, only, outside of, rather, save, saving, simply, solely, still, unless, unless that, were it not, when, without
Buster Keaton
bustle about
Busy Beaver
busy bee
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But and if
But end
But if
but then
butacaine sulfate
butanoic acid
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