bus

1
[ buhs ]
/ bʌs /
|

noun, plural bus·es, bus·ses.

verb (used with object), bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.

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.

verb (used without object), bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.

to travel on or by means of a bus: We bused to New York on a theater trip.

Nearby words

  1. buryat,
  2. buryat autonomous republic,
  3. buryat republic,
  4. burying beetle,
  5. burying ground,
  6. bus boy,
  7. bus lane,
  8. bus line,
  9. bus shelter,
  10. bus stop

Idioms

    throw under the bus. throw(def 57).

Origin of bus

1
1825–35; short for omnibus; (def 6) short for omnibus bar

Can be confusedbussed bust

buss

[ buhs ]
/ bʌs /

noun, verb (used with or without object)

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

bus

2
[ buhs ]
/ bʌs /

verb (used with or without object), bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.

to work or act as a busboy or busgirl: She bused for her meals during her student days.

Origin of bus

2
First recorded in 1830–40; back formation from busboy

busing

or bus·sing

[ buhs-ing ]
/ ˈbʌs ɪŋ /

noun

the transporting of students by bus to schools outside their neighborhoods, especially as a means of achieving socioeconomic or racial diversity among students in a public school.

Origin of busing

1885–90; bus1 (v.) + -ing1, spelled irregular with single s, perhaps to avoid association with buss

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British Dictionary definitions for bussing

buss

/ (bʌs) /

noun, verb

an archaic or dialect word for kiss

Word Origin for buss

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

Buss

/ (bʌs) /

noun

Frances Mary . 1827–94, British educationalist; a pioneer of secondary education for girls, who campaigned for women's admission to university

bus

/ (bʌs) /

noun plural buses or busses

verb buses, busing, bused, busses, bussing or bussed

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

C19: short for omnibus

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Word Origin and History for bussing
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Culture definitions for bussing

busing

The movement of students from one neighborhood to a school in another neighborhood, usually by bus and usually to break down de facto segregation of public schools.

Note

A Supreme Court decision in 1971 ruling that busing was an appropriate means of achieving integrated schools (see integration) was received with widespread, sometimes violent, resistance, particularly among whites into whose neighborhoods and schools black children were to be bused. In 1991, the Court ruled that school districts could end busing if they had done everything “practicable” to eliminate the traces of past discrimination.

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