from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long motor vehicle for carrying passengers, usually along a fixed route.
  • n. Informal A large or ungainly automobile.
  • n. A four-wheeled cart for carrying dishes in a restaurant.
  • n. Electricity A bus bar.
  • n. Computer Science A parallel circuit that connects the major components of a computer, allowing the transfer of electric impulses from one connected component to any other.
  • transitive v. To transport in a bus.
  • transitive v. To transport (schoolchildren) by bus to schools outside their neighborhoods, especially as a means of achieving racial integration.
  • transitive v. To carry or clear (dishes) in a restaurant.
  • transitive v. To clear dishes from (a table).
  • intransitive v. To travel in a bus.
  • intransitive v. To work as a busboy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A motor vehicle for transporting large numbers of people along roads.
  • n. An electrical conductor or interface serving as a common connection for two or more circuits or components.
  • n. An ambulance.
  • v. To transport via a motor bus.
  • v. To transport students to school, often to a more distant school for the purposes of achieving racial integration.
  • v. To travel by bus.
  • v. To clear meal remains from.
  • v. To work at clearing the remains of meals from tables or counters; to work as a busboy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An omnibus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An omnibus, or public street-carriage.
  • n. Short for bus-bar. Same as bus-bar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove used dishes from the table in restaurants
  • v. ride in a bus
  • n. the topology of a network whose components are connected by a busbar
  • v. send or move around by bus
  • n. a car that is old and unreliable
  • n. an electrical conductor that makes a common connection between several circuits
  • n. a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Short for omnibus. V., intr., sense 2, back-formation from busboy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Shortening of omnibus, from Latin omnibus ("for everything/all"); dative plural of omnis ("all").



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  • Zincali More, yet, but.

    July 22, 2008

  • Just before sunrise, after everyone discovered themselves squarely on the bus, and the doors firmly shut, the man behind the wheel turned to them and said, "This can prove to be a long journey, as long, in fact, as you can imagine it to be, and once we get started there are those among you who will begin to move up and down the aisle offering to provide travel instructions and motion remedies. I will be too involved driving this vehicle to ever address you so directly again, so just let me now offer you this tip for the journey: Either stay alert, or take a laxative."

    --Jan Cox

    November 15, 2007