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Syllabification: bus
Pronunciation: /bəs

Definition of bus in English:

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
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)

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1 [with object] Transport in a communal road vehicle: managerial staff was bused in and out of the factory
More example sentences
  • 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.


early 19th century: shortening of omnibus.


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
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  • 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.

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