I. bus 1 S1 W2 /bʌs/ BrE AmE noun ( plural buses or busses especially American English ) [countable]
[ Date: 1800-1900 ; Origin: omnibus ]
1 . a large vehicle that people pay to travel on
on a bus
There were a lot of people on the bus.
The best way to get there is by bus.
I took a bus to San Francisco.
Buses run at 15 and 30 minutes past the hour.
2 . a ↑ circuit that connects the main parts of a computer so that signals can be sent from one part of the computer to another
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▪ go/travel by bus
I usually go to work by bus.
▪ go on the bus/use the bus (=travel by bus)
It's easier to go on the bus than to drive.
▪ get/take/catch a bus
Can we get a bus from here to Reading?
▪ ride a bus American English
It was the first time Craig had ridden a bus downtown by himself.
▪ get on/off a bus
Several more passengers got on the bus.
▪ wait for a bus
We were waiting for the bus for half an hour.
▪ miss the bus (=be too late to get on a bus)
He woke up late and missed the bus.
▪ a bus goes/leaves
The last bus went ten minutes ago.
▪ a bus comes/arrives
I waited and waited but the bus didn't come.
▪ buses run (=go at regular times)
The buses run less frequently on a Sunday.
■ bus + NOUN
▪ a bus ride/journey/trip
It's a 20-minute bus ride into town.
▪ a bus stop (=a place where a bus stops for passengers)
She got off at the next bus stop.
▪ a bus shelter (=a small covered area where you wait for a bus)
Some kids had vandalized the bus shelter.
▪ a bus service (=a service that provides regular buses)
It's a small village but there is a good bus service.
▪ a bus route
We live very near a main bus route.
▪ a bus fare (=the money you pay for a bus journey)
Can you lend me 50p for my bus fare?
▪ a bus ticket
She lost her bus ticket.
▪ a bus pass (=a card that allows you to make several bus journeys)
Most of the students have a termly bus pass.
▪ a bus station (=a place where buses start and finish their journeys)
Dad met me at the bus station.
▪ a bus lane (=a part of the road where only buses are allowed to drive)
You can be fined for driving in a bus lane.
▪ a bus driver
She asked the bus driver where to get off for the Botanical Gardens.
▪ a bus timetable
The bus timetable changes on January 31st.
▪ a bus queue British English (=a line of people waiting for a bus)
We were chatting while we stood in the bus queue.
■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + bus
▪ a school bus
Hurry up or you'll miss the school bus!
▪ a shuttle bus (=one that makes regular short journeys between two places)
There's a shuttle bus between the hotel and the beach.
▪ a double-decker bus (=one with two levels for passengers)
London used to be famous for its double-decker buses.
▪ an open-topped bus (=one without a roof, used for showing tourists a town etc)
We took a tour on an open-topped bus.
▪ a regular bus (=one that goes at regular times)
Regular buses run to the airport.
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▪ bus a large vehicle that people pay to travel on:
There were a lot of people on the bus.
▪ coach British English a bus with comfortable seats used for long journeys:
Taking the coach is cheaper than the train.
▪ minibus a small bus with seats for six to twelve people:
The school uses a minibus to take teams to matches.
▪ double-decker a bus with two levels:
the red double-deckers in London
▪ articulated bus ( also bendy bus British English ) a very long bus that has a joint in the middle that allows it to go around corners:
Articulated buses have been used in Europe for many years.
▪ tram British English , streetcar American English , trolley/trolley car American English a vehicle for passengers, which travels along metal tracks in the street, and usually gets power from electric lines over the vehicle:
We waited at the stop for the tram.
San Diego has a well-used trolley system.
▪ tram American English a vehicle with many different parts for people to sit in, and which usually has open sides. A tram runs on wheels and is used to take tourists from place to place within a particular area:
The tram takes visitors around the backlot of Universal Studios, where many famous movies were once made.
II. bus 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle bused or bussed , present participle busing or bussing )
[ Sense 1: Date: 1900-2000 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ bus 1 ]
[ Sense 2: Date: 1900-2000 ; Origin: busboy ]
1 . [transitive usually passive] to take a person or a group of people somewhere in a bus
bus somebody to/in/into something
Casey was bussed to the school.
2 . [transitive] American English to take away dirty dishes from the tables in a restaurant:
Shelley had a job bussing tables.