bus·​ing ˈbə-siŋ How to pronounce busing (audio)
variants or less commonly bussing
: the act of transporting by bus
: the transporting of children to a school outside their residential area as a means of achieving racial balance in that school

Examples of busing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Griffith Public Schools are clearing up an apparent miscommunication over the busing of students from the Area Career Center (ACC) in Hammond following a situation Wednesday in which several students were left waiting for a ride home. Jim Masters, Chicago Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 The unpredictable busing of people by officials is most often used to disperse them away from high concentration areas, like Tapachula, and cities across the U.S.-Mexico border and Mexico City. James Fredrick, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 In many instances, families can choose to send their student to a school on the other side of the county and receive free busing to do so. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 19 Aug. 2023 The White House has previously slammed Abbott’s busing of migrants as a callous political stunt, including when migrants were dropped off outside Vice President Kamala Harris’ official residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington. Joseph Morton, Dallas News, 14 Aug. 2023 Plans for schools in the same situation usually begin with cuts to school busing. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 24 July 2023 Migrant advocates and some Democratic officials have called for criminal investigations, asserting that the busing amounted to human trafficking. Dallas News, 7 Dec. 2022 The novel’s central character, Mary Pat, lives in the Southie projects with her teenage daughter Jules, and is among the residents to protest the busing of Black children into the neighborhood’s schools and of Southie kids into the almost all-Black schools of nearby Roxbury and Mattapan. Brittany Bowker, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2023 City officials said that they had been warned by the federal government to expect the busing of migrants from the southern border in Texas to the city to restart. Jeffery C. Mays, New York Times, 2 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of busing was in 1920

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“Busing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busing. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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variants or bussing
: the act of transporting by bus
especially : the transporting of children to a school outside their neighborhood in order to establish a racial balance at that school

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