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.
Other definitions for bus. (3 of 3)
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How to use bus in a sentence
Buses filled with cops from the 84th Precinct, where Liu had worked.
They are played on buses, in dance halls, and on the streets.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality | Justin Jones | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The buses were to be used to transport union members to the protests in Mexico City.
She traveled in local buses, stayed in hostels and cheap hotels.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth | Christopher Dickey | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Late in 1956, a federal ruling, Browder v. Gayle, declared segregated buses unconstitutional.
There were two large auto-stages in waiting, and Ruth and Helen followed the crowd of girls briskly getting aboard the buses.Ruth Fielding At College | Alice B. Emerson
Ling Chu on the contrary had a penchant for buses and seemed to enjoy them.The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
They set out without further delay and proceeded by a succession of buses to the Strand.Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels | Mrs. Charles Bryce
The horse-drawn buses ranged along the curb were reserved for the foresighted and privileged few.A Traveller in War-Time | Winston Churchill
The rain had ceased, but it was wet underfoot, and the motor buses plashed foot passengers from head to foot with liquid mud.The Sign of Silence | William Le Queux
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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