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Definitions of but

  1. 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"
  2. Except with; unless with; without.
  3. Except; besides; save.
  4. Only; solely; merely.
  5. 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.
  6. A limit; a boundary.
  7. The end; esp. the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in distinction from the sharp, end. See 1st Butt.
  8. See Butt, v., and Abut, v.
  9. A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end.
  10. The thicker end of anything. See But.
  11. A mark to be shot at; a target.
  12. A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed; as, the butt of the company.
  13. A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head of an animal; as, the butt of a ram.
  14. A thrust in fencing.
  15. A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field.
  16. The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
  17. The portion of a half- coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
  18. The joint where two planks in a strake meet.
  19. The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
  20. The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice.
  21. A hinge.
  22. Except.
  23. Excepting or excluding the fact that; save that; were it not that; unless; - elliptical, for but that.
  24. Otherwise than that; that not; - commonly, after a negative, with that.
  25. The outer apartment or kitchen of a two- roomed house; - opposed to ben, the inner room.
  26. A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering; - also called butt joint.
  27. 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 face, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge.
  28. Except; besides.
  29. Still; even if; however; yet; nevertheless.
  30. Only; no more than.
  31. Or conj. without: except: besides: only: yet: still.
  32. Same as BUTT.
  33. Only.
  34. Without; except; yet; still.
  35. Not otherwise than; no more than; only.
  36. Leaving out; except; barring.
  37. Except; yet; nevertheless; however; not with standing; tho; even if; besides; again.
  38. The larger or thicker end of anything.
  39. A target.
  40. Except; unless; except that; which not; yet; nevertheless; than.
  41. See Butt.
  42. Something more to supply; unless.
  43. Expressing surprise or dissent.
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Usage examples for but

  1. But now, all at once, see here?" – The Air Trust by George Allan England
  2. But he will, my lady. – The Admirable Crichton by J. M. Barrie
  3. But I think you do. – Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens
  4. But I cannot, and you cannot. – The Queen Against Owen by Allen Upward
  5. " Here we are again, but not all of us. – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  6. But how can it? – Opportunities by Susan Warner
  7. But what could a man know? – Mr. Achilles by Jennette Lee
  8. But now I desarve it." – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  9. " But now we know it. – Tinker's Dam by Joseph Tinker
  10. But I love 'em! – In the Heart of a Fool by William Allen White
  11. " Yes, but not now. – She Buildeth Her House by Will Comfort
  12. But do you know where he is now? – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  13. But 'twas to be, I s'pose." – The Ship of Stars by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  14. But I believe it had not been. – Dotty Dimple At Home by Sophie May
  15. But what have we to do with it? – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  16. But what shall be done? – Rienzi by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  17. Why, but what saies he? – The Scornful Lady by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  18. But why must I go? – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  19. But he did not say. – Sisters by Ada Cambridge
  20. But tell me, mother. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
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