vannevar bush


Barbara (Barbara Pierce) born 1925, U.S. First Lady 1989–93 (wife of George H. W. Bush).
George (Herbert Walker) born 1924, U.S. politician: vice president 1981–89; 41st president of the U.S. 1989–93.
his son, George W(alker) ("Dubya") born 1946, U.S. businessman and politician: governor of Texas 1994–2001; 43rd president of the U.S. 2001–09.
Vannevar [vuh-nee-vahr, -ver] , 1890–1974, U.S. electrical engineer: education and research administrator. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
bush1 (bʊʃ)
1.  a dense woody plant, smaller than a tree, with many branches arising from the lower part of the stem; shrub
2.  a dense cluster of such shrubs; thicket
3.  something resembling a bush, esp in density: a bush of hair
4.  a.  the bush an uncultivated or sparsely settled area, esp in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada: usually covered with trees or shrubs, varying from open shrubby country to dense rainforest
 b.  (as modifier): bush flies
5.  (Canadian) bush lot, Also called: woodlot an area of land on a farm on which timber is grown and cut
6.  a forested area; woodland
7.  informal the bush the countryside, as opposed to the city: out in the bush
8.  a fox's tail; brush
9.  obsolete
 a.  a bunch of ivy hung as a vintner's sign in front of a tavern
 b.  any tavern sign
10.  beat about the bush to avoid the point at issue; prevaricate
11.  informal (Austral), (NZ) rough-and-ready
12.  informal (W African) ignorant or stupid, esp as considered typical of unwesternized rustic life
13.  informal (US), (Canadian) unprofessional, unpolished, or second-rate
14.  informal (Austral), (NZ) go bush
 a.  to abandon city amenities and live rough
 b.  to run wild
15.  (intr) to grow thick and bushy
16.  (tr) to cover, decorate, support, etc, with bushes
17.  (Austral) (tr) bush it to camp out in the bush
[C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse buski, Old High German busc, Middle Dutch bosch; related to Old French bosc wood, Italian bosco]

bush2 (bʊʃ)
1.  Also called (esp US and Canadian): bushing a thin metal sleeve or tubular lining serving as a bearing or guide
2.  to fit a bush to (a casing, bearing, etc)
[C15: from Middle Dutch busse box, bush; related to German Büchse tin, Swedish hjulbōssa wheel-box, Late Latin buxisbox1]

Bush (bʊʃ)
1.  George. born 1924, US Republican politician; vice president of the US (1981--89): 41st president of the US (1989--93)
2.  his son, George W(alker). born 1946, US Republican politician; 43rd president of the US (2001--09)

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Word Origin & History

"many-stemmed woody plant," O.E. bysc, from W.Gmc. *busk "bush, thicket" (cf. Du. bos, Ger. Busch). Influenced by or combined with cognate words from Scandinavian (cf. Dan. busk) and O.Fr. (busche "firewood," apparently of Frank. origin), and also perhaps Anglo-L. bosca "firewood," from M.L. busca (whence
It. bosco, Fr. bois), which also was borrowed from W.Gmc. In British colonies, applied to the uncleared districts, hence "country," as opposed to town (1780); probably from Du. bosch, in the same sense, since it seems to appear first in former Du. colonies. Meaning "pubic hair" (especially of a woman) is from 1745. To beat the bushes (mid-15c.) is a way to rouse birds so that they fly into the net which others are holding, which originally was the same thing as beating around the bush (see beat).
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Computing Dictionary

Vannevar Bush definition

Dr. Vannevar Bush, 1890-1974. The man who invented hypertext, which he called memex, in the 1930s.
Bush did his undergraduate work at Tufts College, where he later taught. His masters thesis (1913) included the invention of the Profile Tracer, used in surveying work to measure distances over uneven ground. In 1919, he joined MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering, where he stayed for twenty-five years. In 1932, he was appointed vice-president and dean. At this time, Bush worked on optical and photocomposition devices, as well as a machine for rapid selection from banks of microfilm.
Further positions followed: president of the Carnegie Institute in Washington, DC (1939); chair of National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (1939); director of Office of Scientific Research and Development. This last role was as presidential science advisor, which made him personally responsible for the 6,000 scientists involved in the war effort. During World War II, Bush worked on radar antenna profiles and the calculation of artillery firing tables. He proposed the development of an analogue computer, which later became the Rockefeller Differential Analyser.
Bush is the pivotal figure in hypertext research. His ground-breaking 1945 paper, "As We May Think," speculated on how a machine might be created to assist human reasoning, and introduced the idea of an easily accessible, individually configurable storehouse of knowledge. This machine, which he dubbed "memex," in various ways anticipated hypermedia and the World Wide Web by nearly half a century.
Electronic Labyrinth article (
Bush's famous article, "As We May Think" (
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Bible Dictionary

Bush definition

in which Jehovah appeared to Moses in the wilderness (Ex. 3:2; Acts 7:30). It is difficult to say what particular kind of plant or bush is here meant. Probably it was the mimosa or acacia. The words "in the bush" in Mark 12:26; Luke 20:37, mean "in the passage or paragraph on the bush;" i.e., in Ex. 3.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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