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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Above the buttes, the mile-high white clouds were as flat on the bottom as paperweights.
▪ Across the flat tableland are almost 100 red and orange monolithic sandstone buttes and mesas jutting skywards.
▪ Cactus-covered buttes stand in sharp contrast to the blue water, making this an idyllic spot for a getaway.
▪ We saw mesas and buttes, red rock under smooth blue sky for the first time in our lives.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Butte \Butte\, n. [F. See Butt a bound.] A detached low mountain, or high rising abruptly from the general level of the surrounding plain; -- applied to peculiar elevations in the Rocky Mountain region.

The creek . . . passes by two remarkable buttes of red conglomerate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1805, American English, from French butte, from Old French but "mound, knoll" (see butt (n.3)). A French word introduced in Lewis & Clark's journals.


n. (context US English) an isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top

  1. n. a hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding region; has a flat top and sloping sides

  2. a town in southwestern Montana; center for mining copper

Butte, AK -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Alaska
Population (2000): 2561
Housing Units (2000): 964
Land area (2000): 40.280571 sq. miles (104.326196 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.744610 sq. miles (1.928531 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 41.025181 sq. miles (106.254727 sq. km)
FIPS code: 09710
Located within: Alaska (AK), FIPS 02
Location: 61.548030 N, 149.026617 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 99645
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Butte, AK
Butte-Silver Bow, MT -- U.S. unknown location type in Montana
Population (2000): 33892
Housing Units (2000): 15833
Land area (2000): 716.111749 sq. miles (1854.720837 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.664919 sq. miles (1.722132 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 716.776668 sq. miles (1856.442969 sq. km)
FIPS code: 11397
Located within: Montana (MT), FIPS 30
Location: 45.960929 N, 112.562536 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 59750
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Butte-Silver Bow, MT
Butte-Silver Bow
Butte, MT
Butte, NE -- U.S. village in Nebraska
Population (2000): 366
Housing Units (2000): 199
Land area (2000): 0.421875 sq. miles (1.092652 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.421875 sq. miles (1.092652 sq. km)
FIPS code: 07485
Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
Location: 42.911549 N, 98.846830 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 68722
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Butte, NE
Butte, ND -- U.S. city in North Dakota
Population (2000): 92
Housing Units (2000): 82
Land area (2000): 0.250901 sq. miles (0.649831 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.250901 sq. miles (0.649831 sq. km)
FIPS code: 11180
Located within: North Dakota (ND), FIPS 38
Location: 47.837434 N, 100.664807 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 58723
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Butte, ND
Butte -- U.S. County in Idaho
Population (2000): 2899
Housing Units (2000): 1290
Land area (2000): 2232.847529 sq. miles (5783.048305 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.740151 sq. miles (1.916981 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2233.587680 sq. miles (5784.965286 sq. km)
Located within: Idaho (ID), FIPS 16
Location: 43.686343 N, 113.199944 W
Butte, ID
Butte County
Butte County, ID
Butte -- U.S. County in South Dakota
Population (2000): 9094
Housing Units (2000): 4059
Land area (2000): 2248.511409 sq. miles (5823.617568 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 17.844312 sq. miles (46.216553 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2266.355721 sq. miles (5869.834121 sq. km)
Located within: South Dakota (SD), FIPS 46
Location: 44.753616 N, 103.618567 W
Butte, SD
Butte County
Butte County, SD
Butte -- U.S. County in California
Population (2000): 203171
Housing Units (2000): 85523
Land area (2000): 1639.488430 sq. miles (4246.255361 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 37.617325 sq. miles (97.428420 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1677.105755 sq. miles (4343.683781 sq. km)
Located within: California (CA), FIPS 06
Location: 39.648354 N, 121.646310 W
Butte, CA
Butte County
Butte County, CA
Butte (disambiguation)

A butte is a landform.

Butte may also refer to:

Butte (Besançon)

Butte is a sector of Besançon, located in the center of the city



A butte is an isolated hill with steep, often vertical sides and a small, relatively flat top; buttes are smaller than mesas, plateaus, and table landforms. The word butte comes from a French word meaning "small hill"; its use is prevalent in the Western United States, including the southwest where "mesa" is also used for the larger landform. Because of their distinctive shapes, buttes are frequently landmarks in plains and mountainous areas. In differentiating mesas and buttes, geographers use the rule of thumb that a mesa has a top that is wider than its height, while a butte has a top that is narrower than its height.

Usage examples of "butte".

Yet even during the days she began to dread the open areas they sometimes came to, where the wind howled across miles of broken bushless rock and between the occasional butte or mesa.

Taller than the towers, the nacelles of the downed bird rose into view beyond the broken crest of a distant lava butte.

Another wonder of the route is Gunong Pondok, a huge butte or isolated mass of red and white limestone, much weather-stained and ore-stained with very brilliant colors, full of caverns, many of which are quite inaccessible, their entrances fringed with immense stalactites.

Gunong Pondok, the limestone butte, twelve hundred feet in nearly perpendicular height, showed all its brilliancy of color, and Gunong Bubu, one of the highest mountains in Perak, reared his granite crest above the forest.

The Riflers have treed them at Battle Butte, and Captain Rayner has gone with his battalion.

A red ink line had been drawn along the same hazardous trail Jessica and Ki had traveled from Uva to Eucher Butte, apparently indicating where an improved road was to be built.

Cependant je fus en butte a des vexations sans nombre et je me fis des amis, tant il est vrai que, dans les choses humaines, le bien est toujours mele au mal.

After the Wailer on the butte top, he was a welcome friend come visiting.

Garde Nationale, the Butte Montmartre, to demand the surrender of the artillery pieces that now studded it from top to bottom.

To the west, downstream, the sink curved out of sight around the base of a series of buttes like ancient battleships sailing in line ahead.

Ten to one, radio and telescreen signals would be transmitted to that from below, and then probably picked up and rebroadcast from a relay station on one or another of the high buttes in the neighborhood.

Butte yn ye season whenne ye mistletoe And holly hangeth hevye on ye bough, Ech wrytes to ech a lettere of gude cheere, To telle hys friende whatte hym befel thatte yeare.

In 1825 he showed up in Santa Fe, translating for the Ute, but most often he wandered the land between the two Plattes, wintering sometimes at the Laramie, sometimes at Rattlesnake Buttes.

Within an hour the yacht had met up with the USS Butte, a navy ammunition ship which took charge of the wounded Younis and set sail for the Balearic islands to meet up with the USS Saratoga and the S-3 plane which would take Younis to the United States.

She stood poised on the edge of the limitless plains, facing the benchland of tall grass with its hidden coulees and flat buttes.