Meaning of BUS in English

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.

by 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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■ verbs

▪ 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.


▪ 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.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.