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Definition of "butter" []

  • A soft yellowish or whitish emulsion of butterfat, water, air, and sometimes salt, churned from milk or cream and processed for use in cooking and as a food. (noun)
  • Any of various substances similar to butter, especially: (noun)
  • A spread made from fruit, nuts, or other foods: apple butter. (noun)
  • A vegetable fat having a nearly solid consistency at ordinary temperatures. (noun)
  • Flattery. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "butter" in a sentence
  • "But it is not so readily digestible as butter is; is more liable to give rise to the butyric acid fermentations in the stomach; is not nearly so appetizing; and its sale as, and under the name of, _butter_ is a fraud which the law rightly forbids and punishes."
  • "Evidently the making of butter was almost totally discontinued, for in his last instructions, completed only a few days before his death, he wrote: "And It is hoped and will be expected, that more effectual measures will be pursued to make butter another year; for it is almost beyond belief, that from 101 Cows actually reported on a late enumeration of the Cattle, that I am obliged to _buy butter_ for the use of my family.""
  • "Mash lightly, then add in butter and continue to mash potatoes until butter is well incorporated."