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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. a similar horse-drawn vehicle.
  3. a passenger automobile or airplane used in a manner resembling that of a bus.
  4. any vehicle operated to transport children to school.
  5. a low, movable filing cabinet.
  6. 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.
  7. Computers. a circuit that connects the CPU with other devices in a computer.
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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.
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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.
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  1. throw under the bus. throw(def 57).
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Origin of bus1

1825–35; short for omnibus; (def 6) short for omnibus bar
Can be confusedbussed bust


noun, verb (used with or without object)
  1. kiss.
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Origin of buss

1560–70; perhaps blend of obsolete bass kiss and obsolete cuss kiss (cognate with German Kuss; replacing Middle English, Old English coss (cognate with Old Norse koss))
Can be confusedbus buss


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.
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Origin of bus2

First recorded in 1830–40; back formation from busboy
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Historical Examples

  • But she approached and stood up on tip-toe and bussed my nose.

    The Animated Pinup

    Lewis Parker

  • Sid jumped up and grabbed me by the shoulders and hair and bussed me on both cheeks.

    No Great Magic

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • All the gentry up for'ard are bussed up comfortably like fowls for cooking.

British Dictionary definitions for bussed


noun, verb
  1. an archaic or dialect word for kiss
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Word Origin

C16: probably of imitative origin; compare French baiser, German dialect Bussi little kiss


  1. Frances Mary . 1827–94, British educationalist; a pioneer of secondary education for girls, who campaigned for women's admission to university
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noun plural buses or busses
  1. a large motor vehicle designed to carry passengers between stopping places along a regular routeMore formal name: omnibus Sometimes called: motorbus
  2. short for trolleybus
  3. (modifier) of or relating to a bus or busesa bus driver; a bus station
  4. informal a car or aircraft, esp one that is old and shaky
  5. electronics computing short for busbar
  6. the part of a MIRV missile payload containing the re-entry vehicles and guidance and thrust devices
  7. astronautics a platform in a space vehicle used for various experiments and processes
  8. miss the bus to miss an opportunity; be too late
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verb buses, 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
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Word Origin

C19: short for omnibus
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Word Origin and History for bussed



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.

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"a kiss," 1560s; probably of imitative origin, as are Welsh and Gaelic bus "kiss, lip," French baiser "kiss" (12c., from Latin basiare), Spanish buz, German dialectal Buss.

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1570s, from buss (n.). Related: Bussed; bussing.

Kissing and bussing differ both in this,
We busse our wantons, but our wives we kisse.
[Robert Herrick, "Hesperides," 1648]
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1838, "to travel by omnibus," from bus (n.). Transitive meaning "transport students to integrate schools" is from 1961, American English. Meaning "clear tables in a restaurant" is first attested 1913, probably from the four-wheeled cart used to carry dishes. Related: Bused; busing.

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