Definition of bus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bʌs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌs//
    (pl. buses, (also US English)busses) Computer hardware, Train and bus travel, Types of vehicle, School life
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  1. 1  a large road vehicle that carries passengers, especially one that travels along a fixed route and stops regularly to let people get on and off Shall we walk or go by bus? A regular bus service connects the train station with the town centre. a bus company/driver a school bus compare coach see also bus lane, bus shelter, bus station, bus stop, minibus, trolleybus See related entries: Train and bus travel, Types of vehicle, School life
  2. 2 (computing) a set of wires that carries information from one part of a computer system to another See related entries: Computer hardware
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent.: shortening of omnibus.Extra examples I left work a bit late and had to run for my bus. I missed the last bus and had to walk. I waited 40 minutes for a bus. Is this the bus for Oxford? It’s about 15 minutes away by bus. Local buses run regularly to and from the campus. Look up the bus schedule on the Internet. Look up the bus times in the local timetable. The bus left the city, heading north. The bus pulled up and we got on. The buses stop outside the post office. The double-decker bus stopped to pick up some more passengers. There are regular buses to the beach. We took the bus from Reading to Bristol. a bus carrying 56 passengers a four-hour bus journey over the mountains a short bus journey to work people travelling on buses people who travel on buses the bus from Charlottesville to Union Station the bus into town Have you got a bus timetable? I was waiting at the bus stop. It’s a short bus ride from here. Shall we walk or go by bus? The map shows all the local bus routes. There is a bus, the number 18, which stops outside the house. When we go on a double-decker bus the children always want to sit upstairs.Idioms
    throw somebody under the bus (especially North American English, informal)
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    to make somebody else suffer in order to save yourself or gain an advantage for yourself Plenty of my co-workers are satisfied to throw everyone else under the bus as long as they keep their wages.
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