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1 [buhs]
noun, plural buses, busses.
a large motor vehicle, having a long body, equipped with seats or benches for passengers, usually operating as part of a scheduled service; omnibus.
a similar horse-drawn vehicle.
a passenger automobile or airplane used in a manner resembling that of a bus.
any vehicle operated to transport children to school.
a low, movable filing cabinet.
Electricity. Also called bus bar, busbar [buhs-bahr] . 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.
Computers. a circuit that connects the CPU with other devices in a computer.
verb (used with object), bused or bussed, busing or bussing.
to convey or transport by bus: to bus the tourists to another hotel.
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.
to travel on or by means of a bus: We bused to New York on a theater trip.
throw under the bus. throw ( def 57 ).

1825–35; short for omnibus; (def 6) short for omnibus bar

bussed, bust.


noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object)

1560–70; perhaps blend of obsolete bass kiss and obsolete cuss kiss (cognate with German Kuss; replacing Middle English, Old English coss (cognate with Old Norse koss))

bus, buss.


2 [buhs] .
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), bused or bussed, busing or bussing.
to work or act as a busboy or busgirl: She bused for her meals during her student days.

1830–40; back formation from busboy

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bus (bʌs)
n , pl buses, busses
1.  More formal name: omnibus, Sometimes called: motorbus a large motor vehicle designed to carry passengers between stopping places along a regular route
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
vb , buses, busses, buses, busing, bused, busses, bussing, bussed
9.  to travel or transport by bus
10.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to transport (children) by bus from one area to a school in another in order to create racially integrated classes
[C19: short for omnibus]

buss (bʌs)
n, —vb
an archaic or dialect word for kiss
[C16: probably of imitative origin; compare French baiser, German dialect Bussi little kiss]

Buss (bʌs)
Frances Mary. 1827--94, British educationalist; a pioneer of secondary education for girls, who campaigned for women's admission to university

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Word Origin & History

1832, abbreviation of omnibus (q.v.). The English word is simply a Latin dative plural ending. The verb meaning "transport students to integrate schools" is first recorded 1961. Verb meaning "clear tables in a restaurant" is first attested 1913, probably from the four-wheeled
cart used to carry dishes. Related: Bused; busing. To miss the bus, in the figurative sense, is from 1915. 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.

"a kiss," 1560s; probably of imitative origin, as are Welsh and Gael. bus "kiss, lip," Fr. baiser "kiss" (12c., from L. basiare), Sp. buz, Ger. dial. Buss.
Kissing and bussing differ both in this,
We busse our wantons, but our wives we kisse.

[Robert Herrick, "Hesperides," 1648]
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Example sentences
The busses go over all the city, but it's not fast and not always reliable.
Busses are available, but run only the busiest routes.
After the theater, big motor busses drive them all either to the house of the
  hostess or to a hotel for supper and to dance.
The company is still around, making trucks, busses and high end limousines.
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