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bush Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
  2. noun a large wilderness area
  3. noun dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes
    scrub; chaparral.
  4. noun 43rd President of the United States; son of George Herbert Walker Bush (born in 1946)
    Dubya; President George W. Bush; Dubyuh; President Bush; George Walker Bush; George W. Bush; George Bush.
  5. noun United States electrical engineer who designed an early analogue computer and who led the scientific program of the United States during World War II (1890-1974)
    Vannevar Bush.
  6. noun vice president under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (born in 1924)
    President Bush; George H.W. Bush; George Herbert Walker Bush; George Bush.
  7. noun hair growing in the pubic area
    pubic hair; crotch hair.
  8. verb provide with a bushing
  9. adjective satellite not of the highest quality or sophistication

Bush noun
OE. bosch, busch, buysch, bosk, busk; akin to D. bosch, OHG. busc, G. busch, Icel. bskr, bski, Dan. busk, Sw. buske, and also to LL. boscus, buscus, Pr. bosc, It. bosco, Sp. & Pg. bosque, F. bois, OF. bos. Whether the LL. or G. form i the original is uncertain; if the LL., it is perh. from the same source as E. box a case. Cf. Ambush, Boscage, Bouquet, Box a case.
  1. A thicket, or place abounding in trees or shrubs; a wild forest. ✍ This was the original sense of the word, as in the Dutch bosch, a wood, and was so used by Chaucer. In this sense it is extensively used in the British colonies, especially at the Cape of Good Hope, and also in Australia and Canada; as, to live or settle in the bush.
  2. A shrub; esp., a shrub with branches rising from or near the root; a thick shrub or a cluster of shrubs.
    To bind a bush of thorns among sweet-smelling flowers. Gascoigne.
  3. A shrub cut off, or a shrublike branch of a tree; as, bushes to support pea vines.
  4. A shrub or branch, properly, a branch of ivy (as sacred to Bacchus), hung out at vintners' doors, or as a tavern sign; hence, a tavern sign, and symbolically, the tavern itself.
    If it be true that good wine needs no bush, 't is true that a good play needs no epilogue. Shak.
  5. (Hunting) The tail, or brush, of a fox.
Bush intransitive verb
  1. To branch thickly in the manner of a bush. "The bushing alders." Pope.
Bush transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Bushed (); present participle & verbal noun Bushing
  1. To set bushes for; to support with bushes; as, to bush peas.
  2. To use a bush harrow on (land), for covering seeds sown; to harrow with a bush; as, to bush a piece of land; to bush seeds into the ground.
Bush noun
D. bus a box, akin to E. box; or F. boucher to plug.
  1. (Mech.) A lining for a hole to make it smaller; a thimble or ring of metal or wood inserted in a plate or other part of machinery to receive the wear of a pivot or arbor. Knight. ✍ In the larger machines, such a piece is called a box, particularly in the United States.
  2. (Gun.) A piece of copper, screwed into a gun, through which the venthole is bored. Farrow.
Bush transitive verb
  1. To furnish with a bush, or lining; as, to bush a pivot hole.

Webster 1913

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