Definition of bus in US English:



  • 1A large motor vehicle carrying passengers by road, typically one serving the public on a fixed route and for a fare.

    as modifier ‘a bus service’
    • ‘Lorries, buses and wide vehicles will be diverted on to the Millbrook roundabout while the work is carried out.’
    • ‘Current regulations ban all vehicles other than buses and bicycles from using the roads at all times.’
    • ‘The answer for Swindon is to reduce the cost of bus fares to make public transport more attractive.’
    • ‘The major polluting vehicles are trucks, buses and light commercial vehicles, all using diesel.’
    • ‘They have come in rented buses and trucks, vehicles jammed to bursting with everything they can possibly carry.’
    • ‘The heavy vehicles including lorries and buses make their condition worse.’
    • ‘The colour-coded system is designed to encourage more people to use public transport by making bus services more frequent and routes more obvious.’
    • ‘I waited in the city to catch my bus at the bus stop, which serviced 8 different bus routes.’
    • ‘The other two will cover heavy goods vehicles and buses.’
    • ‘They claim the bumps impede the movement of emergency vehicles and buses, disturb neighbours and damage cars.’
    • ‘The service will operate in a similar way to a bus service, with fares and timetables, but will be flexible enough to pick up passengers in a set area.’
    • ‘We were told by the Council that only buses and residents' vehicles would be allowed up here but it's being used as a general diversion.’
    • ‘And Councillor Skellett stressed it would mean there would be no extra cash to boost services for vulnerable people or for roads, buses or fire services.’
    • ‘The new bridge will allow high vehicles, including buses, to pass underneath for the first time.’
    • ‘The bus servicing the route has also been blocked on more than one occasion.’
    • ‘Big vehicles like buses and trucks must move into the extreme left lane.’
    • ‘The bus service on these routes is temporary until the taxi operations get back to normality.’
    • ‘The State Road Transport Corporation is running extra buses to carry the passengers.’
    • ‘The bus passengers were left abandoned on the side of the road.’
    • ‘I too have had much experience driving heavy vehicles and buses.’
    minibus, van
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  • 2Computing
    A distinct set of conductors carrying data and control signals within a computer system, to which pieces of equipment may be connected in parallel.

    • ‘Surely, we asked, no one would be running parallel buses in ten years time?’
    • ‘The chip's system bus will only switch on those elements needed to process data.’
    • ‘The memory frequency can be set to different rates depending on the system bus frequency.’
    • ‘This information is acquired by the chip and can be reported to the processor through a serial bus.’
    • ‘Connecting to the system bus is a nice first step, but we want to be able to send messages from a well-known address.’
    • ‘By spreading the pulses across the spectrum, you can deliver extremely high data transfer rates - think of the higher speeds offered by older parallel buses over serial buses.’
    • ‘In each bus directory is a file for every different USB device connected to the bus.’
    • ‘PCs consist of a set of chips, including the CPU, graphics and keyboard controller, all connected by buses.’
    • ‘Each set of terminals has the same set of signal assignments of a parallel bus implemented by metal lines in the board.’
    • ‘The PCI bus has emerged as a bottleneck between the processor and the network.’
    • ‘A computer system includes a bus interface with a plurality of data buffers.’
    • ‘If the drive were the only component connected to the bus, then there would be no problem.’
    • ‘That gives us the total number of loads: three for the system bus, two for the processor, one for the chipset.’
    • ‘It also gives each processor access to the full bandwidth of the system bus.’
    • ‘To date, chip designers have focused on connecting processors to cache memory to counter the latency of the system bus.’
    • ‘Bus lengths are limited for the round trip time of the signal on the bus.’
    • ‘The architecture includes plural bus masters, each connected to its own bus.’
    • ‘They are identical with the exception of the system bus frequency and multiplier.’
    • ‘How is it that even buses in the computer have conductors?’
    • ‘Systems described may include any number of individual buses within their bus arrangements.’


  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Transport in a communal road vehicle.

    ‘managerial staff was bused in and out of the factory’
    • ‘Schools could be federally funded to bus children to exercise at clubs.’
    • ‘But let's be honest: no one buses their kids to daycare.’
    • ‘It is not inconceivable to imagine a scenario where youngsters are bussed from one end of Glasgow to the other to see a concert.’
    • ‘The three school-age children are bused 28-kilometres to the nearest school - when the road is open.’
    • ‘They also say they will avoid local services being overburdened by bussing the youngsters into Hull.’
    • ‘Moreover, the children are bussed out of their neighbourhood each day to a school of the father's choosing.’
    • ‘Most children are bussed in or driven to school.’
    • ‘We should not have to bus our children to schools in other areas and as long as we are still talking about how to finance our schools we are failing.’
    • ‘They had looked at bussing children in, increasing the catchment area and even future house building.’
    • ‘So, I'm still bussing the girls back to their schools in Barnes - can you believe it?’
    • ‘Increasingly, children are bused to huge, anonymous campuses on the outskirts of town.’
    • ‘No other county town buses its teenagers on a daily basis to schools north, south, east and west simply because its own institutions cannot cope.’
    • ‘The schools have even bused kids to Washington to demonstrate against ‘tax cuts for the rich.’’
    • ‘Along with children being bussed in and dropped off by their parents, hundreds of students walk or ride their bicycles to school each day because the school is that close to home.’
    • ‘The former Secretary of State for Education said the only other option was to bus children across the city, which had already been tried and failed.’
    • ‘The result is that dwindling numbers of children are bussed to distant schools where they mingle with others who live many miles away.’
    • ‘Eventually we will see kids being bused out of the town.’
    • ‘Children are bussed around Ealing daily with military precision and retrieved from various sporting sites.’
    • ‘Things then came to a head when a motion was made to bus the high school students from River Hebert to Amherst.’
    • ‘The majority of the busing costs in this province are spent on busing children long distances and along non-pedestrian routes.’
    1. 1.1North American Transport (a child of one race) to a school where another race is predominant, in an attempt to promote racial integration.
      • ‘With the decrease in busing to achieve school integration and the overwhelming return to neighborhood schools, where we live matters.’
      • ‘We are still busing kids all over town - none of the parents of any race are happy with it and our school system has a huge deficit.’
      • ‘Others felt that blacks had to bear most of the burden of being disproportionately bused outside their community.’
      • ‘Roma children travel to integrated schools by bus, but white children are not bussed to Roma neighborhoods.’
      • ‘These were quickly adopted as a playground by the hordes of school children bused to the show.’
      • ‘But I received notice that I would instead be bused to previously all-white Grimsley High, one of the largest and most affluent public schools in the state.’
      • ‘According to the Court, busing schoolchildren to achieve greater racial balance in individual schools is a constitutionally proper remedy in districts burdened by the effects of past or present de jure segregation.’
      • ‘The school district simply bused students around, but provided little help in integrating the schools once they became desegregated.’
      • ‘If it requires them to bus Catholic kids to Protestant areas and vice versa - like in the old Deep South - then so be it.’
      • ‘Desegregation becomes busing, which becomes integration, which becomes diversity.’
      • ‘And in response to the Ouseley report which highlights segregation in schools, Mr Blunkett also criticised bussing children across cities to ensure a mixed education saying it had been tried before in Bradford.’
      • ‘I was bussed to predominantly white schools, but I shielded myself from bitterness.’
      • ‘While Brown did not prescribe busing for racial balance, the logic of its argument led inescapably to that conclusion, even if no one thought of it in 1954.’
      • ‘During the 1970s and '80s, school districts relied heavily on busing to achieve racial balance.’
      • ‘Many stem from busing to achieve racial integration from 1974 to 1995.’
  • 2North American with object Remove (dirty tableware) from a table in a restaurant or cafeteria.

    ‘I'd never bused so many dishes in one night’
    • ‘On a canvassing run with a union shop steward who buses dishes at a local restaurant, the going was rough.’
    • ‘I bussed her plates then walked back over to Matt.’
    • ‘When I stopped there for lunch last week, I recognized practically everybody in the restaurant, from the guy who greeted me at the door to the guy who bused the dishes.’
    • ‘Eating in means busing your tray to a windowless back room outfitted with children's school chairs and communal tables pushed up against sponge-painted walls.’
    • ‘Both groups tended to treat cafeteria workers like me, the Puerto Ricans who bused trays and washed dishes in the dining halls, and the blacks who cleaned the rooms and hallways as servants or worse.’
    1. 2.1 Remove dirty tableware from (a table)
      ‘Chad buses tables on weekends’
      • ‘How else could consumers possibly have been brainwashed into bussing their own tables at fast food restaurants?’
      • ‘I wore it while bussing the outside tables, and graced everybody with bubbles.’
      • ‘Turning around to bus other tables, I suddenly felt sick to my stomach.’
      • ‘OK, Brian France went too far when he had the drivers and crews busing tables.’
      • ‘I tried to get them jobs bussing tables, sorting clothes for Am Vets, and being Christmas elves for an all-ethnic United Colors of Benetton catalog shoot.’
      • ‘He and his special sweetie are spending Valentine's Day evening bussing tables.’
      • ‘She assured them that their food would be arriving soon and moved off to bus another table.’
      • ‘Margot worked at the restaurant bussing tables, Martin worked at the bowling alley and Fred mopped the floor at the laundromat.’
      • ‘I started to be regular waiter there, I bused my own tables so I didn't have to split tips and after a while I used to even cook, now and then.’


  • throw someone under the bus

    • informal Cause someone else to suffer in order to save oneself or gain personal advantage.

      ‘the government is ready to throw rural voters under the bus’
      • ‘And in the rush to get their guy, they threw a truly good man under the bus, proved their word and integrity are worthless and put a stain on Notre Dame football that may be permanent.’
      • ‘Wherever he goes, he'll arrive with fanfare - and throw his quarterback under the bus when things get tough.’
      • ‘The summary of the results of that survey reported that these captains and majors believed that "senior leaders will throw subordinates under the bus in a heartbeat to protect or advance their career[s]."’
      • ‘"Don't try to throw guys under the bus to better yourself," he said, adding that if teammates were looking for excuses to explain the Super Bowl defeat, "pretty much just keep my name out of your mouth."’
      • ‘I don't think we should throw her under the bus as a sacrificial lamb for this.’
      • ‘Let's not try and throw everybody at the Federal level under the bus.’
      • ‘You don't throw the quarterback under the bus, even if you have every right to.’
      • ‘They would definitely throw the president under the bus.’
      • ‘As the House debates the measure today, legislators must know that throwing refugees under the bus in the name of national security is not an option.’
      • ‘This has to be the largest example of throwing defense under the bus for offense in quite some time.’
      • ‘Not to throw anybody else under the bus, but it wasn't my fault that the mike wasn't working.’
      • ‘Most of my husband's coworkers are very upset but there are plenty as well that are satisfied to throw everyone else under the bus as long as they keep their wages.’
      • ‘If you don't live up to what you say you're going to do, like being real, they throw you under the bus.’
      • ‘Dave is a very loyal guy, he has a lot of character and he isn't one to throw others under the bus, but he also understands it is a bottom-line business.’
      • ‘But throwing his offensive linemen under the bus after he was abused by the Steelers can't sit well in Indy.’
      • ‘They'll throw you under the bus and back it up over you.’
      • ‘This will be undermined only if the editor and publisher throw each other under the bus, if either blinks or - more importantly - if the stories produced are of poor quality.’
      • ‘But if you throw us under the bus, we're going to be your worst damn enemy.’


Early 19th century: shortening of omnibus.