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bus

noun, often attributive \ ˈbəs \

Definition of bus

plural buses also busses
1 a :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
2 :a small hand truck
3 a electrical engineering :bus bar
b computers :a set of parallel conductors (see conductor d(1)) in a computer system that forms a main transmission path
4 :a spacecraft or missile that carries one or more detachable devices (such as warheads)
throw (someone) under the bus
informal
: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

Examples of bus in a Sentence

  1. She boarded a bus in Nashville.

  2. Are you traveling by train or by bus?

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The History of bus

For nearly three centuries, French mathematician Blaise Pascal was credited with building the first mechanical calculator. Then, in 1935, historian Franz Hammer discovered papers proving that German mathematician Wilhelm Schickard had beaten Pascal to it by 18 years. But in 1661 Pascal initiated a world first that has not been discredited: he 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.” It was first used in this sense circa 1823, and referred to the fact that anyone could join the coach along its route, unlike stagecoaches, which had to be pre-booked.

Origin and Etymology of bus

short for omnibus

Other Automotive Terms


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bus

verb

Definition of bus

bused also bussed; busing also bussing
intransitive verb
1 :to travel by a large motor vehicle designed to carry passengers usually along a fixed route according to a schedule :to travel by bus
2 :to work as a busboy
transitive verb
1 :to transport by bus
  • busing kids to school
  • Students were bused in for the game.
2 a :clear 4d
  • bus dishes
b :to remove dirty dishes from
  • bus tables

Examples of bus in a Sentence

  1. He buses tables at the local diner.

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Origin and Etymology of bus

see 1bus


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bus

abbreviation

Definition of bus

business


BUS Defined for English Language Learners

bus

noun

Definition of bus for English Language Learners

  • : a large vehicle that is used for carrying passengers especially along a particular route at particular times


bus

verb

Definition of bus for English Language Learners

  • : to transport (someone) in a bus

  • : to remove dirty dishes from (a table at a restaurant)

  • : to remove (something, such as dirty dishes)


BUS Defined for Kids

bus

noun \ ˈbəs \

Definition of bus for Students

plural buses or busses
:a large motor vehicle for carrying passengers


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