bus·​load | \ ˈbəs-ˌlōd How to pronounce busload (audio) \

Definition of busload

: a load that fills a bus busloads of tourists

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Tension grew as busloads of caravan members showed up. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "U.S. Slashes Migrant Border Crossings," 19 Nov. 2018 Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette set up a separate shop to cater specifically to busloads of Chinese tour groups after overcrowding caused domestic shoppers to stay away. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Luxury-Goods Industry Has a China Problem," 1 Jan. 2019 By the end of the 40-Week Siege, protesters were literally coming in by the busload. As Told To Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "This Is What Women Have to Go Through to Get an Abortion in North Carolina," 21 Nov. 2018 In nearby Tiberias, on the edge of the Sea of Galilee, explosions could be heard above the music of bars entertaining busloads of tourists. Anchorage Daily News, "Israel launches military strike against Iranian targets in Syria," 10 May 2018 Among them: a ‘‘carnival of resistance’’ outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Saturday, expected to attract busloads of protesters from across the country. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump back in Scotland ahead of Putin talks," 14 July 2018 When Revitalization Corps brought several busloads of children to Old Lyme, they were met with glares and epithets. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian, "Racism Kept Connecticut’s Beaches White Up Through the 1970s," 2 July 2018 The crowds are thin Friday, swelling only after late-afternoon prayers, when several busloads arrive. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "‘A day of gas’ inside a Gaza ambulance," 18 May 2018 Every day, busloads of migrants are transferred from federal facilities to a central station in McAllen. Manuel Valdes, The Seattle Times, "Donations, volunteering surge at border asylum-seeker center," 25 June 2018

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of busload

chiefly US : a large group of people that fills a bus

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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