a large motor vehicle, having a long body, equipped with seats or benches for passengers, usually operating as part of a scheduled service; omnibus.
(formerly) 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.
Idioms about 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.
- bussed , bust
Other definitions for bus (2 of 3)
to work or act as a busboy or busgirl: She bused for her meals during her student days.
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How to use bus in a sentence
The rise of the pollster as seer of all matters political is a relatively recent development, a corrective to an era when the “boys on the bus” covered politics largely by anecdote and gut instincts.The Unexpected Benefits of Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Polling | by Stephen Engelberg | November 9, 2020 | ProPublica
A few weeks ago, Ed Witt told a bus company he wouldn’t need to rent a motor coach this fall.The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party has met a sobering reality: A pandemic | Emily Giambalvo | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
Video shows the caravan of supporters surrounding the bus with their vehicles in Texas.Voter intimidation, Russian influence, refusal to accept results: What could go wrong on Election Night | Nicole Goodkind | November 2, 2020 | Fortune
We’re stuck behind a truck with a long tail of cars and buses.
He recalled putting Jennings into a tight space in the back of the bus and holding him so that his arms wouldn’t move until he fell asleep.Billy Joe Shaver, singer-songwriter who inspired outlaw country, dies at 81 | Terence McArdle | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
Both sides contend that their enemies were bused into town not for a football game, but for the fight.
They were also bored, with most their friends living in Santa Monica, where the Colony kids had to be bused to schools.
Many of those are housed along the outlying string of barrier islands and will be bused across multiple bridges.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jailers at the Damon prison bused Palestinian inmates to other penitentiaries.
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
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
He 'bused and beat us, an' some of de boys wouldn' go 'cept we knock de screw out first.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
British Dictionary definitions for bus
a large motor vehicle designed to carry passengers between stopping places along a regular route: More formal name: omnibus Sometimes called: motorbus
short for trolleybus
(modifier) of or relating to a bus or buses: a 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
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