Definition of bus in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəs/

noun (plural buses or busses)

1A large motor vehicle carrying passengers by road, especially one serving the public on a fixed route and for a fare: [as modifier]: a bus service
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  • The bus service on these routes is temporary until the taxi operations get back to normality.
  • The bus servicing the route has also been blocked on more than one occasion.
  • The State Road Transport Corporation is running extra buses to carry the passengers.
motorcoach, coach, school bus, shuttle bus, minibus, double-decker, trolley
historical omnibus
2 Computing A distinct set of conductors carrying data and control signals within a computer system, to which pieces of equipment may be connected in parallel.
Example sentences
  • A computer system includes a bus interface with a plurality of data buffers.
  • Connecting to the system bus is a nice first step, but we want to be able to send messages from a well-known address.
  • PCs consist of a set of chips, including the CPU, graphics and keyboard controller, all connected by buses.

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

1 [with object] Transport in a communal road vehicle: managerial staff was bused in and out of the factory
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  • We should not have to bus our children to schools in other areas and as long as we are still talking about how to finance our schools we are failing.
  • The three school-age children are bused 28-kilometres to the nearest school - when the road is open.
  • Schools could be federally funded to bus children to exercise at clubs.
1.1North American Transport (a child of one race) to a school where another race is predominant, in an attempt to promote racial integration.
Example sentences
  • Roma children travel to integrated schools by bus, but white children are not bussed to Roma neighborhoods.
  • And in response to the Ouseley report which highlights segregation in schools, Mr Blunkett also criticised bussing children across cities to ensure a mixed education saying it had been tried before in Bradford.
  • We are still busing kids all over town - none of the parents of any race are happy with it and our school system has a huge deficit.
2 [with object] North American Remove (dirty tableware) from a table in a restaurant or cafeteria: I’d never bused so many dishes in one night
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  • On a canvassing run with a union shop steward who buses dishes at a local restaurant, the going was rough.
  • When I stopped there for lunch last week, I recognized practically everybody in the restaurant, from the guy who greeted me at the door to the guy who bused the dishes.
  • I bussed her plates then walked back over to Matt.
2.1Remove dirty tableware from (a table): Chad buses tables on weekends
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  • I wore it while bussing the outside tables, and graced everybody with bubbles.
  • He and his special sweetie are spending Valentine's Day evening bussing tables.
  • I tried to get them jobs bussing tables, sorting clothes for Am Vets, and being Christmas elves for an all-ethnic United Colors of Benetton catalog shoot.


throw someone under the bus

informal, chiefly US Cause someone else to suffer in order to save oneself or gain personal advantage: the government is ready to throw rural voters under the bus
More example sentences
  • If you don't live up to what you say you're going to do, like being real, they throw you under the bus.
  • I don't think we should throw her under the bus as a sacrificial lamb for this.
  • Let's not try and throw everybody at the Federal level under the bus.


Early 19th century: shortening of omnibus.

  • omnibus from early 19th century:

    The 1820s saw the introduction in Paris of a horse-drawn vehicle that carried passengers along a fixed route for a fare. This was called a voiture omnibus, a ‘vehicle for everybody’. When it came to London the vehicle was called simply an omnibus. Though ‘omnibus’ was taken from French, its origin is a Latin form meaning ‘for all’, based on omnis ‘all’, and by the 1930s people had shortened this rather pompous, learned word to bus. In the 1830s an omnibus came to be a volume containing several works previously published separately. Omnis also gives us words such as omnivorous (early 17th century) literally ‘all-eating’, and omniscient (early 17th century) ‘knowing everything’, and omnipotent (Middle English) ‘all powerful.

Words that rhyme with bus

buss, concuss, cuss, fuss, Gus, huss, muss, plus, pus, Russ, sus, suss, thus, truss, us

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