[ buhs ]
/ bʌs /
noun, plural bus·es, bus·ses.
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.
verb (used with object), bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.
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.
verb (used without object), bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.
to travel on or by means of a bus: We bused to New York on a theater trip.
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Idioms for bus
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 bus1
First recorded in 1825–35; short for omnibus; def. 6 short for omnibus bar
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH busbussed , bust
Definition for bus (2 of 3)
[ buhs ]
/ bʌs /
verb (used with or without object), bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.
to work or act as a busboy or busgirl: She bused for her meals during her student days.
Origin of bus2
First recorded in 1830–40; back formation from busboy
Definition for bus (3 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for bus
/ (bʌs) /
noun plural buses or busses
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
verb buses, busing, bused, busses, bussing or bussed
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 for bus
C19: short for omnibus
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