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

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.

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 collision involved at least seven vehicles, including three of BTS's tour buses and several taxis and smaller cars. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BTS Is Reportedly Uninjured After Tour Bus Accident in Taiwan," 10 Dec. 2018 The zipper also lacks any security features, allowing a would-be thief to covertly access it on a busy subway car, train, or bus. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 Waymo also has a deal with the region's transit agency to give employees rides to and from local bus and light rail stops. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Ford’s plan for driverless cars goes beyond technology," 24 Oct. 2018 Ads on billboards, buses and at venues like baseball stadiums are expected to see record spending this year. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Instagram’s co-founders unfriended Facebook because of Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘bizarre meddling’," 26 Sep. 2018 In May, New York City Transit announced a plan for an overhaul of the city’s bus and beleagured subway system, FOX 5 New York reported. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "MTA officials say New York City subway riders are partly to blame for delays," 22 Sep. 2018 The crash happened after the driver failed to come to a complete stop before attempting to cross the bridge, despite warning signs that forbid large trucks and buses from passing through it, police have said. Todd Shields, chicagotribune.com, "Long Grove bridge rebuild could take months; officials say timber cover could collapse," 11 July 2018 Dozens of buses are set to bring people to the capital from locations around the country, and mass demonstrations are also planned in nine other major British cities, organizers said. Christina Boyle, latimes.com, "When Trump visits Britain, thousands of demonstrators plan to show him some resistance," 11 July 2018 Doing it outside on a Manhattan street, with all the cars, buses, traffic lights, people, strollers and bicycles, would feel like an onslaught. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But violence has reached record levels in Mexico, and the border states are particularly dangerous, which could put migrants at risk if U.S. authorities began busing Central Americans back into Mexico. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "U.S. and Mexico discussing a deal that could slash migration at the border," 10 July 2018 In earlier years, individuals caught crossing illegally were often simply bused back over the border without charges, especially people from Mexico without criminal records or previous immigration violations. Jazmine Ulloa, latimes.com, "Family separations at the border: How did we get here?," 19 June 2018 The students are being bused to Noblesville High School. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Noblesville middle school shooting: 1 injured, shooter in custody," 25 May 2018 Last time, the jury was drawn from Pittsburgh and bused here after Mr. Cosby said he was worried that potential jurors in Montgomery County had been affected by pretrial publicity. Graham Bowley, New York Times, "Potential Cosby Jurors Are Asked About #MeToo Bias," 2 Apr. 2018 In Kudrovo in the Leningradsky region outside St. Petersburg, observer Sergei Dzhus discovered people apparently bused in to a traditionally low-turnout area to boost participation. Francesca Ebel, Fox News, "Russian vote problems: Ballot stuffing, coercion, gimmicks," 18 Mar. 2018 Kiev supporters said their rivals were busing in street fighters dressed as clergymen; the Moscow arm said its opponents were bolstered by nationalist groups. James Marson, WSJ, "Ukraine Churchgoers Gain Powerful Ally in Challenge to Moscow," 12 Sep. 2018 The newspaper discovered that Rawson-Neal bused roughly 1,500 patients out of Nevada between 2008 and 2013, a third of them to California. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless mental patients given ‘Greyhound therapy’ from Las Vegas could get a payout | The Sacramento Bee," 21 Mar. 2018 March 1984 Parents of children bused to the townships win from Dillin the right to vote in suburban school board elections. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "50 years ago the Justice Dept. sued IPS to force desegregation," 31 May 2018

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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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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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