- 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
- Emil, Jr.Bus, 1922–1997, U.S. yacht racer and government official.
Examples from the Web for bus
Occasionally a pamphlet for a salsa class might be tossed on a doorstop or stuck on a pole near a bus stop.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
The detectives learned early on that Brinsley had arrived by bus in Manhattan.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
At the music studio, Brinsley would arrive by train or bus to break into the music scene.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
In the video, the bus is getting searched by a cop with a German shepherd.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
A few children, settler children, congregate near what appears to have been the bus station.Inside Hebron, Israel’s Heart of Darkness
November 21, 2014
He had hoped that they would walk home or that they would get on to a 'bus!
A 'bus drove up as he reached the corner, and he climbed into it.
"That's a nice day," he said, when the 'bus had gone some distance.
The 'bus was now rolling over London Bridge, and the Cathedral could not be seen.
"You 'op on top, an' I'll tell you where to git off," the 'bus conductor said, and John did as he was bid.
- 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 bus
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.