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plural buses also busses
often attributive
: a large motor vehicle designed to carry passengers usually along a fixed route according to a schedule
took the bus to work
double-decker buses
waiting at the bus stop
: a small hand truck
electrical engineering : bus bar
computers : a set of parallel conductors (see conductor sense d(1)) in a computer system that forms a main transmission path
: a spacecraft or missile that carries one or more detachable devices (such as warheads)


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bused also bussed; busing also bussing

intransitive verb

: to travel by a large motor vehicle designed to carry passengers usually along a fixed route according to a schedule : to travel by bus
: to work as a busboy

transitive verb

: to transport by bus
busing kids to school
Students were bused in for the game.
: clear sense 4d
bus dishes
: to remove dirty dishes from
bus tables


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throw (someone) under the bus
: to criticize, blame, or punish (someone in a vulnerable position) especially in order to avoid blame or gain an advantage
… we will not throw any student under the bus for instant restoration of our image or our reputation.Donna Shalala
But he went out of his way to make clear that this one wasn't really on him. The problem lay with underlings, whom he quickly threw under the bus.Rem Rieder

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The History of Bus

In 1661, mathematician Blaise Pascal conceived the world’s first bus service, proposing that a number of coaches should “circulate along predetermined routes in Paris at regular intervals regardless of the number of people,” and pick up passengers for a small fixed fare. The word bus is short for omnibus, which means “for everyone.” Bus was first used in this sense in the 1830s, its "everyone" meaning referencing the fact that anyone could join the coach along its route, unlike with stagecoaches, which had to be pre-booked.

Examples of bus in a Sentence

Noun She boarded a bus in Nashville. Are you traveling by train or by bus? Verb He buses tables at the local diner.
Recent Examples on the Web
Lawson was still living in India when Rosa Parks was famously arrested for refusing to give up her seat in the whites-only front section of a racially segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2024 Many walked, while others were transported there by buses. Samy Magdy, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2024
The uptick was caused by the district's new student assignment plan, which gave West End families the opportunity to attend schools in their communities rather than being bused farther away. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 14 June 2024 On top of that, Republican governors began busing or flying migrants to Democratic cities, creating new tension in the Democratic Party, too. Jess Bidgood, New York Times, 5 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for bus 

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Word History


Noun and Verb

short for omnibus

First Known Use


1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1909, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bus was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Bus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bus. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
plural buses also busses
: a large motor vehicle for carrying passengers
: a conductor or group of conductors for collecting electric currents and sending them to outgoing wires


2 of 2 verb
bused also bussed; busing also bussing
: to travel or transport by bus

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