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But meaning

but - 24 dictionary results

  1. 1. Except with; unless with; without.
  2. 2. Except; besides; save.
  3. 3. Only; solely; merely.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. A limit; a boundary.
  6. 6. The end; esp. the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in distinction from the sharp, end. See 1st Butt.
  7. 7. See Butt, v., and Abut, v.
  8. 8. A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end.
  9. 9. The thicker end of anything. See But.
  10. 10. A mark to be shot at; a target.
  11. 11. A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed; as, the butt of the company.
  12. 12. A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head of an animal; as, the butt of a ram.
  13. 13. A thrust in fencing.
  14. 14. A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field.
  15. 15. The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
  16. 16. The portion of a half- coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
  17. 17. The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
  18. 18. The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice.
  19. 19. Excepting or excluding the fact that; save that; were it not that; unless; - elliptical, for but that.
  20. 20. Otherwise than that; that not; - commonly, after a negative, with that.
  21. 21. The outer apartment or kitchen of a two- roomed house; - opposed to ben, the inner room.
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. Only.
  24. 24. Without; except; yet; still.

but - examples of usage

  1. But ranges from the faintest contrast to absolute negation; as, I am willing to go, but ( on the other hand) content to stay; he is not an honest man, but ( on the contrary) a villain. The contrast may be with a silent thought; as, but let us go ( it being understood that we might stay longer). In restrictive use, except and excepting are slightly more emphatic than but; we say, no injury but a scratch; or, no injury except some painful bruises. Such expressions as " words are but breath" ( nothing but) may be referred to the restrictive use by ellipsis. So may the use of but in the sense of unless; as, " it never rains but it pours." To the same head must be referred the conditional use; as, " you may go, but with your father's consent" ( i. e., " provided you have," " except that you must have," etc.). " Doubt but" is now less used than the more logical " doubt that." But never becomes a full synonym for and; and adds something like, but adds something different; " brave and tender" implies that tenderness is natural to the brave; " brave but tender" implies that bravery and tenderness are rarely combined. For the concessive use, compare NOTWITHSTANDING.
  2. But there's Mr. Hilbery. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. But there was no time to think. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
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