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BUTT. A measure of capacity, equal to one hundred and eight gallons. See Measure.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Don't mention it, General, as if I'd be so bold!" replied the captain, his nose growing redder as he gave a smile which showed where two front teeth were missing that had been knocked out by the butt end of a gun at Ismail.
Simply add a new weaver alongside the old one--meet butt ends with butt ends, and tips with tips--and continue weaving (see Photo 8).
In Killearn, Mr John Mitchell, who lived in the manse there, went fishing on the KeltyWater, near Gartmore, with his cousin Mr Alexander Johnston.They heard a hissing in the nearby grass and discovered it came from an adder, measuring between one and two feet.'They promptly dispatched the viper with the butt ends of their rods,'said the Observer.'The adder, which is beautifully marked, is now in Killearn Manse preserved in spirits of wine.' Charles Gibson, miner, Baker Street, Stirling, was injured at Manor Powis Colliery, when he was crushed by a runaway'hutch', truck used for transporting coal below ground'.
The above is a sample list of the sort of items found discarded in the valleys last Sunday when the GE[micro]remelis gathered for a spring-clean before the start of the tourist season, although of course by far the most plentiful items were those casually dropped by smokers: scrunched-up cigarette packets, pieces of the film used to seal them, and enough butt ends to create a paper cabin.
It consisted of three plastic tubes 10 cm long (2) with analysable soil (1), which were densely closed from butt ends and were located between two metal plates (4 and 5), one of them being a heat exchanger or a heater (5).
According to a 1914 patent awarded to George Rheem of Helena, Montana, this item "is to produce novel means for clamping the stalks of vegetation near the butt ends thereof and also at the neck portions thereof just back of the heads, so that the stalks may be tied together in bundles by ribbon or ornamental fastenings, or in any other appropriate way."