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Meaning of BUT

Pronunciation:  but

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[adv]  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"

BUT is a 3 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: just, merely, only, simply



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \But\ (b[u^]t), prep., adv. & conj. [OE. bute, buten, AS.
    b[=u]tan, without, on the outside, except, besides; pref. be-
    + [=u]tan outward, without, fr. [=u]t out. Primarily,
    b[=u]tan, as well as [=u]t, is an adverb. [root]198. See
    {By}, {Out}; cf. {About}.]
    1. Except with; unless with; without. [Obs.]
             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
    2. Except; besides; save.
             Who can it be, ye gods! but perjured Lycon? --E.
    Note: In this sense, but is often used with other particles;
          as, but for, without, had it not been for. ``Uncreated
          but for love divine.'' --Young.
    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.
             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.
             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.
             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}, unless. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
             But this I read, that but if remedy Thou her afford,
             full shortly I her dead shall see.    --Spenser.
    Syn: {But}, {However}, {Still}.
    Usage: These conjunctions mark opposition in passing from one
           thought or topic to another. But marks the opposition
           with a medium degree of strength; as, this is not
           winter, but it is almost as cold; he requested my
           assistance, but I shall not aid him at present.
           However is weaker, and throws the opposition (as it
           were) into the background; as, this is not winter; it
           is, however, almost as cold; he required my
           assistance; at present, however, I shall not afford
           him aid. 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}.
    Note: ``The chief error with but is to use it where and is
          enough; an error springing from the tendency to use
          strong words without sufficient occasion.'' --Bain.
  2. \But\, n. [Cf. {But}, prep., adv. & conj.]
    The outer apartment or kitchen of a two-roomed house; --
    opposed to {ben}, the inner room. [Scot.]
  3. \But\, n. [See 1st {But}.]
    1. A limit; a boundary.
    2. The end; esp. the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in
       distinction from the sharp, end. 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.
  4. \But\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Butted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    See {Butt}, v., and {Abut}, v.
Thesaurus Terms
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