But
But 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.] [1913 Webster]

So insolent that he could not go but either spurning equals or trampling on his inferiors. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

Touch not the cat but a glove. --Motto of the Mackintoshes. [1913 Webster]

2. Except; besides; save. [1913 Webster]

Who can it be, ye gods! but perjured Lycon? --E. Smith. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. Excepting or excluding the fact that; save that; were it not that; unless; -- elliptical, for but that. [1913 Webster]

And but my noble Moor is true of mind . . . it were enough to put him to ill thinking. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Otherwise than that; that not; -- commonly, after a negative, with that. [1913 Webster]

It cannot be but nature hath some director, of infinite power, to guide her in all her ways. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

There is no question but the king of Spain will reform most of the abuses. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

5. Only; solely; merely. [1913 Webster]

Observe but how their own principles combat one another. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

If they kill us, we shall but die. --2 Kings vii. 4. [1913 Webster]

A formidable man but to his friends. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Now abideth faith hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. --1 Cor. xiii. 13. [1913 Webster]

When pride cometh, then cometh shame; but with the lowly is wisdom. --Prov. xi. 2. [1913 Webster]

{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 ?. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{But if}, unless. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

But this I read, that but if remedy Thou her afford, full shortly I her dead shall see. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


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  • But — But, n. [See 1st {But}.] 1. A limit; a boundary. [1913 Webster] 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}. [1913 Webster… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • But — But, n. [Cf. {But}, prep., adv. & conj.] The outer apartment or kitchen of a two roomed house; opposed to {ben}, the inner room. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • But — But, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Butted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Butting}.] See {Butt}, v., and {Abut}, v. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • BUT — may refer to: * British United Traction, a division of Leyland Motors Ltd * Brno University of Technology, a university located in Brno, Czech Republic * BUT / Aishō , a 2007 J Pop single by Koda Kumi …   Wikipedia

  • BUT — s. m. Point où l on vise. Viser au but. Frapper au but. Mettre sa boule sur le but. Atteindre au but. Atteindre le but. Toucher le but. Manquer le but. Passer le but.   Tirer de but en blanc, Tirer en ligne droite, sans que le projectile parcoure …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • BUT — n. m. Point où l’on vise. Viser au but. Frapper au but. Mettre sa boule sur le but. Atteindre au but. Atteindre le but. Toucher le but. Manquer le but. Passer, dépasser le but. Tirer de but en blanc, Tirer à portée moyenne et en ligne droite. Fig …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • but — I. conjunction Etymology: Middle English, from Old English būtan, preposition & conjunction, outside, without, except, except that; akin to Old High German būzan without, except; akin to Old English be by, ūt out more at by, out Date: before 12th …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • But — Butt Butt, But But, n. [F. but butt, aim (cf. butte knoll), or bout, OF. bot, end, extremity, fr. boter, buter, to push, butt, strike, F. bouter; of German origin; cf. OHG. b[=o]zan, akin to E. beat. See {Beat}, v. t.] 1. A limit; a bound; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • but — Butt Butt, But But, n. [F. but butt, aim (cf. butte knoll), or bout, OF. bot, end, extremity, fr. boter, buter, to push, butt, strike, F. bouter; of German origin; cf. OHG. b[=o]zan, akin to E. beat. See {Beat}, v. t.] 1. A limit; a bound; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • but — Butt Butt, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Butted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Butting}.] [OE. butten, OF. boter to push, F. bouter. See {Butt} an end, and cf. {Boutade}.] 1. To join at the butt, end, or outward extremity; to terminate; to be bounded; to abut.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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