- a plural of bus1.
- 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
Origin of buss
- to work or act as a busboy or busgirl: She bused for her meals during her student days.
Origin of bus2
Examples from the Web for busses
Contemporary Examples of busses
Historical Examples of busses
The busses had stopped running and the cab-drivers were leading their horses.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
I expect he's out there by the depot with the busses now, come to meet me in his buggy.Friendship Village
Hundreds of cabs, carts, busses, and waggons were passing the Clarendon.The Iron Horse
The busses ran nose to tail and filled the road for a half-mile or more.Space Platform
Coaches, busses, trucks and private cars had been forced into service.Red Dynamite
Roy J. Snell
- an archaic or dialect word for kiss
Word Origin for buss
- Frances Mary . 1827–94, British educationalist; a pioneer of secondary education for girls, who campaigned for women's admission to university
- 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 for bus
Word Origin and History for busses
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.
"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.