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bus1

[buhs] /bʌs/
noun, plural buses, busses.
1.
a large motor vehicle, having a long body, equipped with seats or benches for passengers, usually operating as part of a scheduled service; omnibus.
2.
a similar horse-drawn vehicle.
3.
a passenger automobile or airplane used in a manner resembling that of a bus.
4.
any vehicle operated to transport children to school.
5.
a low, movable filing cabinet.
6.
Electricity. Also called bus bar, busbar
[buhs-bahr] /ˈbʌsˌbɑr/ (Show IPA)
. a heavy conductor, often made of copper in the shape of a bar, used to collect, carry, and distribute powerful electric currents, as those produced by generators.
7.
Computers. a circuit that connects the CPU with other devices in a computer.
verb (used with object), bused or bussed, busing or bussing.
8.
to convey or transport by bus:
to bus the tourists to another hotel.
9.
to transport (pupils) to school by bus, especially as a means of achieving racial integration.
verb (used without object), bused or bussed, busing or bussing.
10.
to travel on or by means of a bus:
We bused to New York on a theater trip.
Idioms
11.
throw under the bus. throw (def 57).
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; short for omnibus; (def 6) short for omnibus bar
Can be confused
bussed, bust.

bus2

[buhs] /bʌs/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), bused or bussed, busing or bussing.
1.
to work or act as a busboy or busgirl:
She bused for her meals during her student days.
Origin
1830-40; back formation from busboy

bus.

1.

Mosbacher

[maws-bak-er, mos-] /ˈmɔs bæk ər, ˈmɒs-/
noun
1.
Emil, Jr ("Bus") 1922–1997, U.S. yacht racer and government official.
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Examples from the web for bus
  • Now you must delicately solder the sense wire to the bus wire everywhere they touch.
  • He made arrangements with a friend to drive me in his station wagon to the bus stop.
  • Bring a book or article to read if you are on the bus.
  • Protesters gathered on one side of town while the torch was rushed by bus to the other.
  • Some of them come from towns so small that the nearest middle school was an hourlong bus ride away.
  • Scientists have unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile that was as long as a city bus and as heavy as a small whale.
  • Remote- when you have to drive three hours to get to a bus to get to the nearest airport.
  • It had to do with the day he forgot to take his personal name-stamp to work, and had to get off the bus.
  • Lizzie waits a few minutes for the bus that will take her to school.
  • Smart phones can provide music, movie times, bus schedules.
British Dictionary definitions for bus

bus

/bʌs/
noun (pl) buses, busses
1.
a large motor vehicle designed to carry passengers between stopping places along a regular route More formal name omnibus Sometimes called motorbus
2.
short for trolleybus
3.
(modifier) of or relating to a bus or buses: a bus driver, a bus station
4.
(informal) a car or aircraft, esp one that is old and shaky
5.
(electronics, computing) short for busbar
6.
the part of a MIRV missile payload containing the re-entry vehicles and guidance and thrust devices
7.
(astronautics) a platform in a space vehicle used for various experiments and processes
8.
miss the bus, to miss an opportunity; be too late
verb buses, busing, bused, busses, bussing, bussed
9.
to travel or transport by bus
10.
(mainly US & Canadian) to transport (children) by bus from one area to a school in another in order to create racially integrated classes
Word Origin
C19: short for omnibus
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Word Origin and History for bus
n.

1832, abbreviation of omnibus (q.v.). The modern English noun is nothing but a Latin dative plural ending. To miss the bus, in the figurative sense of "lose an opportunity," is from 1901, Australian English (OED has a figurative miss the omnibus from 1886). Busman's holiday "leisure time spent doing what one does for a living" (1893) is probably a reference to London bus drivers riding the buses on their days off.

v.

1838, "to travel by omnibus," from bus (n.). Transitive meaning "transport students to integrate schools" is from 1961, American English. Meaning "clear tables in a restaurant" is first attested 1913, probably from the four-wheeled cart used to carry dishes. Related: Bused; busing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bus

bus

noun
  1. A car: Whose old bus is in the drive? (1919+)
  2. An aircraft (1916+)
  3. An ambulance: Roger oneoh-four, do we need a bus? (1980s+ Police)
verb

To clear dirty dishes and tableware from the tables in a restaurant or cafeteria (1913+)

Related Terms

jitney, miss the bus, rubberneck wagon

[the restaurant sense probably fr the four-wheeled cart often used to carry dishes]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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bus in Technology
architecture, networking
A set of electrical conductors (wires, PCB tracks or connections in an integrated circuit) connecting various "stations", which can be functional units in a computer or nodes in a network. A bus is a broadcast channel, meaning that each station receives every other station's transmissions and all stations have equal access to the bus.
Various schemes have been invented to solve the problem of collisions: multiple stations trying to transmit at once, e.g. CSMA/CD, bus master.
The term is almost certainly derived from the electrical engineering term "bus bar" - a substantial, rigid power supply conductor to which several connections are made. This was once written "'bus bar" as it was a contraction of "omnibus bar" - a connection bar "for all", by analogy with the passenger omnibus - a conveyance "for all".
More on derivation (http://foldoc.org/pub/misc/omnibus.html).
See computer bus or bus network.
(2009-07-16)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for bus

bus.

business
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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