- 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 buses
Buses filled with cops from the 84th Precinct, where Liu had worked.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
They are played on buses, in dance halls, and on the streets.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality
December 11, 2014
The buses were to be used to transport union members to the protests in Mexico City.Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution
November 21, 2014
I saw it on billboards and on buses for a long time, and it was always like a knife to the heart.How Cristin Milioti Met Sitcom Stardom
October 2, 2014
But the students chanced it, piling into three buses for the dangerous journey back home.Abducted, Tortured, Indoctrinated: The Tale of a Teen Who Escaped ISIS
August 4, 2014
So W. and I walked back and turned the buses off there just as they were arriving.The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade
Edward Lord Gleichen
He thought there would be more room in the buses at that point.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
Ling Chu on the contrary had a penchant for buses and seemed to enjoy them.The Daffodil Mystery
Yes, and the crossroads where the 'buses must turn, for Guise is just beyond here, too.The Boy Scouts on the Trail
The same with the 'buses and cabs, the same with the Underground.The Devil's Paw
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- 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 buses
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.