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noun,plural bus·es, bus·ses.
  1. a large motor vehicle, having a long body, equipped with seats or benches for passengers, usually operating as part of a scheduled service; omnibus.

  2. (formerly) a similar horse-drawn vehicle.

  1. a passenger automobile or airplane used in a manner resembling that of a bus.

  2. any vehicle operated to transport children to school.

  3. a low, movable filing cabinet.

  4. 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.

  5. Computers. a circuit that connects the CPU with other devices in a computer.

verb (used with object),bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.
  1. to convey or transport by bus: to bus the tourists to another hotel.

  2. to transport (pupils) to school by bus, especially as a means of achieving socioeconomic or racial diversity among students in a public school.

verb (used without object),bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.
  1. to travel on or by means of a bus: We bused to New York on a theater trip.

Idioms about bus

  1. throw (someone or something) under the bus, Informal. to abandon or sacrifice to an imminent negative outcome for expedience or profit, or to protect oneself and one's interests: The accused was asked to testify against Tony, but he refused to save himself by throwing his pal under the bus.

Origin of bus

First recorded in 1825–35; short for omnibus; def. 6 short for omnibus bar

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verb (used with or without object),bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.
  1. to work or act as a busboy or busgirl: She bused for her meals during her student days.

Origin of bus

First recorded in 1830–40; back formation from busboy

Other definitions for bus. (3 of 3)


  1. business.

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British Dictionary definitions for bus


/ (bʌs) /

nounplural buses or busses
  1. a large motor vehicle designed to carry passengers between stopping places along a regular route: More formal name: omnibus Sometimes called: motorbus

  2. short for trolleybus

  1. (modifier) of or relating to a bus or buses: a bus driver; a bus station

  2. informal a car or aircraft, esp one that is old and shaky

  3. electronics computing short for busbar

  4. the part of a MIRV missile payload containing the re-entry vehicles and guidance and thrust devices

  5. astronautics a platform in a space vehicle used for various experiments and processes

  6. miss the bus to miss an opportunity; be too late

verbbuses, busing, bused, busses, bussing or bussed
  1. to travel or transport by bus

  2. mainly US and Canadian to transport (children) by bus from one area to a school in another in order to create racially integrated classes

Origin of bus

C19: short for omnibus

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