busbus1 /bʌs/ ●●●S1W2 noun (plural buses or busses especially American English) [countable]1TTCa large vehicle that people pay to travel onon a busThere were a lot of people on the bus.by busThe 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.2a circuit that connects the main parts of a computer so that signals can be sent from one part of the computer to anotherGRAMMAR: Patterns with bus• You usually say get on a bus: I got on the bus at the station. ‘Get in’ is much less common. • You usually say get off a bus: She got off the bus at her usual stop. ‘Get out of’ is much less common. • You usually say that someone is on a bus: All the people on the bus stared at me. ‘In a bus’ is much less common.• You go somewhere by bus: The children travel to school by bus.• You often talk about the bus: It’s quicker if you take the bus.I was waiting for the bus for the airport.COLLOCATIONSverbsgo/travel by busI 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 busCan we get a bus from here to Reading?ride a bus American EnglishIt was the first time Craig had ridden a bus downtown by himself.get on/off a busSeveral more passengers got on the bus.wait for a busWe 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/leavesThe last bus went ten minutes ago.a bus comes/arrivesI waited and waited but the bus didn’t come.buses run (=go at regular times)The buses run less frequently on a Sunday.bus + NOUNa bus ride/journey/tripIt’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 routeWe 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 ticketShe lost her bus ticket.a bus pass (=a ticket giving cheap or free bus travel)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 driverShe asked the bus driver where to get off for the Botanical Gardens.a bus timetableThe 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 + busa school busHurry 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.THESAURUSbus a large vehicle that people pay to travel onThere were a lot of people on the bus.coach British English a bus with comfortableseats used for long journeysTaking the coach is cheaper than the train.minibus a small bus with seats for six to twelve peopleThe school uses a minibus to take teams to matches.double-decker a bus with two levelsthe red double-deckers in Londonarticulated bus (also bendy bus British English) a very long bus that has a joint in the middle that allows it to go around cornersArticulated 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 metaltracks in the street, and usually gets power from electric lines over the vehicleWe 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 areaThe tram takes visitors around the backlot of Universal Studios, where many famous movies were once made.
busbus2 verb (bused or bussed, busing or bussing) [transitive]1TTCto take a person or a group of people somewhere in a busbus somebody to/in/into somethingCasey was bussed to the school. Grammar Bus is often passive in this meaning.2American EnglishDLDF to take away dirtydishes from the tables in a restaurantShelley had a job bussing tables.→ See Verb table