bus

noun, often attributive
\ ˈbəs How to pronounce bus (audio) \
plural buses also busses

Definition of bus

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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
3a electrical engineering : bus bar
b computers : a set of parallel conductors (see conductor sense 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

bus

verb
bused also bussed; busing also bussing

Definition of bus (Entry 2 of 3)

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.
2a : clear sense 4d bus dishes
b : to remove dirty dishes from bus tables

Definition of bus (Entry 3 of 3)

business

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The History of Bus

Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The atmosphere is lazy as everyone prepares for a day of shooting, the ladies climbing into the bus in their furry and/or puffy outerwear, camera operators stepping in and out of the shot (since this isn't real footage anyway, right?). Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 17 Sep. 2021 The Seven Seas was a bus-stop joint across Hollywood Boulevard from Mann’s Chinese Theaters. Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 The couple proceeded to hop into the party bus and headed over to the Met, kicking off an eventful evening. Christian Allair, Vogue, 15 Sep. 2021 People rarely want to hang out with the person who’s throwing them under the bus, as my colleague Donovan X. Ramsey found last week. Frank Shyong Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 He and about 20 other officers piled into a bus and sped down to the Twin Towers. Diane Herbst, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Rather than throwing Muslims under the bus, some US Sikhs want to instead improve broader understanding of their distinct culture. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 9 Sep. 2021 Thrown under the bus, Simmons had little chance of recovering and returning to the Sixers – unless, of course, the Sixers wanted to trade Embiid and keep Simmons. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 In January 2016, the Taliban took aim at Tolo, when a suicide bomber slammed his car into a bus carrying employees of Tolo TV, killing seven staff members and injuring 15 others. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, for later kickoffs the team will bus over from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for those events. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 And after years of having to bus students at least 10 miles north to Yuma, Somerton finally met the threshold for its own high school. Astrid Galvan And Mike Schneider, The Arizona Republic, 28 Aug. 2021 The university this week helped bus students to Houston, where the school planned to provide food and accommodations until students could fly home. Jason Hanna And Travis Caldwell, CNN, 4 Sep. 2021 Both teams were forced to bus to Williamsport to finish the game. Brett Crossley, Detroit Free Press, 30 Aug. 2021 Since Katrina, New Orleans officials have developed a plan to bus people out of the city within three days of major hurricanes. Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2021 May 11: Dallas County and the school district announced an agreement to bus students to Fair Park to be vaccinated. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, 16 July 2021 The result is that teens who are willing to bus restaurant tables or serve as water-park lifeguards are commanding $15, $17 or more an hour, plus bonuses in some instances or money to help pay for school classes. Paul Wiseman, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2021 The result is that teens who are willing to bus restaurant tables or serve as water-park lifeguards are commanding $15, $17 or more an hour, plus bonuses in some instances or money to help pay for school classes. Paul Wiseman, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bus.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of bus

Noun

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1909, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bus

Noun and Verb

short for omnibus

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Last Updated

20 Sep 2021

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“Bus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bus. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for bus

bus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bus

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bus (Entry 2 of 2)

: to transport (someone) in a bus
: to remove dirty dishes from (a table at a restaurant)
: to remove (something, such as dirty dishes)

bus

noun
\ ˈbəs How to pronounce bus (audio) \
plural buses or busses

Kids Definition of bus

: a large motor vehicle for carrying passengers

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