- a large motor vehicle, having a long body, equipped with seats or benches for passengers, usually operating as part of a scheduled service; omnibus.
- a similar horse-drawn vehicle.
- a passenger automobile or airplane used in a manner resembling that of a bus.
- any vehicle operated to transport children to school.
- a low, movable filing cabinet.
- Electricity. Also called bus bar, bus·bar [buhs-bahr] /ˈbʌsˌbɑr/. a heavy conductor, often made of copper in the shape of a bar, used to collect, carry, and distribute powerful electric currents, as those produced by generators.
- Computers. a circuit that connects the CPU with other devices in a computer.
- to convey or transport by bus: to bus the tourists to another hotel.
- to transport (pupils) to school by bus, especially as a means of achieving socioeconomic or racial diversity among students in a public school.
- to travel on or by means of a bus: We bused to New York on a theater trip.
- throw under the bus. throw(def 57).
Origin of bus1
- to work or act as a busboy or busgirl: She bused for her meals during her student days.
Origin of bus2
Examples from the Web for bused
Both sides contend that their enemies were bused into town not for a football game, but for the fight.Is This the Day Odessa Explodes?
May 8, 2014
They were also bored, with most their friends living in Santa Monica, where the Colony kids had to be bused to schools.The Rise of the Malibu Movie Colony
April 29, 2014
Many of those are housed along the outlying string of barrier islands and will be bused across multiple bridges.Anti-RNC Leaders: The Protests Must Go On
August 26, 2012
Bused in by officials, pro-Putin supporters outnumbered protestors.As Putin Wins Re-Election by Landslide, Both Sides Reluctantly Rally
Owen Matthews, Anna Nemtsova
March 5, 2012
Marster Aaron Harshaw d'ed en we wuz willed ter his chilluns en dat we wuz not ter be whup'd er 'bused in anyway.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
Work Projects Administration
Vell, I can do that, although I'm not to be 'bused and deprived of my supper if I don't happen to hit right.The Gold Hunter's Adventures
William H. Thomes
He 'bused and beat us, an' some of de boys wouldn' go 'cept we knock de screw out first.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
She 'bused de So'th an' de white folks down here all de time.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States
Work Projects Administration
They had 'bused him down at that place till he swore he'd kill every one that had anything to do with him.The Colonel's Dream
Charles W. Chesnutt
- a large motor vehicle designed to carry passengers between stopping places along a regular routeMore formal name: omnibus Sometimes called: motorbus
- short for trolleybus
- (modifier) of or relating to a bus or busesa bus driver; a bus station
- informal a car or aircraft, esp one that is old and shaky
- electronics computing short for busbar
- the part of a MIRV missile payload containing the re-entry vehicles and guidance and thrust devices
- astronautics a platform in a space vehicle used for various experiments and processes
- miss the bus to miss an opportunity; be too late
- to travel or transport by bus
- mainly US and Canadian to transport (children) by bus from one area to a school in another in order to create racially integrated classes
Word Origin and History for bused
1832, abbreviation of omnibus (q.v.). The modern English noun is nothing but a Latin dative plural ending. To miss the bus, in the figurative sense of "lose an opportunity," is from 1901, Australian English (OED has a figurative miss the omnibus from 1886). Busman's holiday "leisure time spent doing what one does for a living" (1893) is probably a reference to London bus drivers riding the buses on their days off.