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 Hop on the bus, and then, frustrated by traffic, hop off and walk for a bit. Simon Webster, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Several of those were Black people who had been on the bus. Alexa Mills, Washington Post, 28 May 2021 The agency also operates 70 bus lines in the region. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 Journalist Raman Pratasevich was asked just one question when a Belarusian official singled him out from a crowd of passengers huddled on a bus after a fighter jet forced their flight to make an emergency landing in Minsk. Viktoria Dendrinou, Fortune, 25 May 2021 After a session with Garth in the backyard, all of the women go on a trip to shuck oysters and Sonja and Luann get into it on the bus. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 25 May 2021 There were no reports of injuries to passengers on the bus. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 23 May 2021 Some of the 18 students on the bus used cellphones to let parents know what was happening, Lott said. Fox News, 21 May 2021 Muni is planning for another wave of restorations Aug. 7 that could include bringing back the 5R, 18, 35, 36 and 39 bus lines. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In fact, many distribution companies are having a hard time finding enough local workers to fill their openings and have had to bus employees in from out of state, Mr. Hower said. New York Times, 26 May 2021 County commissioners want to bus to bring the COVID-19 vaccine and health care services into Black communities. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 24 Mar. 2021 Washington’s alma mater, Campbell Hall, an Episcopal day school in Studio City, didn’t have its own field, so the team would bus over here to Birmingham High for battle. Jamil Smith, Rolling Stone, 18 Mar. 2021 If Cincinnati could get past the Wolf Pack in the second round, the plan was for the Bearcats to bus straight to Atlanta for the regional semifinal. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2021 Ordering is at the bar, seating will be first-come first-served, masks are required when not seated and guests are asked to bus their own tables. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 26 Feb. 2021 The main supporter of the bill, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, has claimed that Biden’s victory in the state is illegitimate and spent thousands of dollars to bus protesters to the Jan. 6 demonstration that ended in the assault on the Capitol. Michael Wines, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Jan. 2021 The main supporter of the bill, State Senator Doug Mastriano, has claimed that Mr. Biden’s victory in the state is illegitimate, and spent thousands of dollars to bus protesters to the Jan. 6 demonstration that ended in the assault on the Capitol. New York Times, 30 Jan. 2021 Notre Dame had originally planned to bus the two hours and change up to Breslin Center on the day of the game (with the late start), but pandemic testing protocols mandated that the Irish traveling party be in town on Friday. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Nov. 2020

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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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4 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bus. Accessed 13 Jun. 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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