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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, busbar
[buhs-bahr] /ˈbʌsˌbɑr/ (Show IPA). 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).
to work or act as a busboy or busgirl:
She bused for her meals during her student days.
Contemporary Examples

The Cat’s Meow: Top 10 Destinations for Feline Fanatics Lonely Planet December 19, 2013
Abducted, Tortured, Indoctrinated: The Tale of a Teen Who Escaped ISIS Yusuf Sayman August 3, 2014
Bus Logos As Beacons of Hope Blake Gopnik December 17, 2013
What Should the Ultra-Orthodox Do About Gender Equality on Israeli Buses? David Frum February 18, 2013
Heckuvajob, Napolitano Reihan Salam December 28, 2009

Historical Examples

Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Oct. 10, 1917 Various
The Devil’s Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
Pipefuls Christopher Morley
The Servant Problem Robert F. Young
Children of the Bush Henry Lawson

noun (pl) buses, busses
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
verb buses, busing, bused, busses, bussing, bussed
to travel or transport by bus
(mainly US & Canadian) to transport (children) by bus from one area to a school in another in order to create racially integrated classes

A car: Whose old bus is in the drive? (1919+)
An aircraft (1916+)
An ambulance: Roger oneoh-four, do we need a bus? (1980s+ Police)


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