from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the larger or thicker end; See Butt, n.
  • n. The thicker end of anything. See But end, under 2d But.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See butt-end.
  • n. The thicker, larger, or blunt end of anything: as, the butt-end of a musket or a piece of timber: same as butt, 1 . Also spelled but-end.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. thick end of the handle


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  • The Bactrian cavalry under his kinsman Bessus were with him from the beginning, along with his closest relatives and his personal guard, known as the Spearmen of the Golden Apples for the fruit-shaped bulbs at the butt end of their weapons.

    Alexander the Great

  • I durst not answer, so he followed up his complaint by laying hiscane about my head and shoulders; he then took the butt end of his whip, and struck me some violent blows on my forehead, which felled me to the ground, bleeding most dread fully.

    Narrative of the Life of James Watkins

  • The door was flung open, and a man, clad in the scarlet tunic of the Northwest Police, waded knee-deep among the furious brutes, calmly and impartially dispensing soothing justice with the butt end of a dog-whip.

    An Odyssey of the North

  • She brought the long weapon up and spun around just in time to plant the butt end in a frozen rut and let the charging warhorse take the steel-tipped point in his chest.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • Whereupon a French soldier of Artillery ran to his aid; but the Frenchman's eye detected the glitter of the coin, and, with a presence of mind truly admirable, he rapped the howling wretch over the head with the butt end of his carbine, seized the money-bag, and sped away before the astonished Greeks could at all recover their wits, either to cry out or to give chase.

    Journal Kept During The Russian War: From The Departure Of The Army From England In April 1854, To The Fall Of Sebastopol

  •     Ashnod leaned her black thunderwood staff forward and pressed its butt end against the disk.

    The Brothers' War

  • Near it there is a little chair, and the butt end of a boy’s leather long-lashed whip.

    Adam Bede

  • I was wondering what the Scotland Yard detective would be like, and Keith said afterwards that he was wondering how hard you could hit a man on the head with the butt end of a horse-pistol without actually killing him.

    The Rising of the Moon


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