Webster 1913 Edition
busk; akin to D.
buske, and also to LL.
bosco, Sp. & Pg.
bos. Whether the LL. or G. form is the original is uncertain; if the LL., it is perh. from the same source as E.
boxa case. Cf.
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.
A shrub; esp., a shrub with branches rising from or near the root; a thick shrub or a cluster of shrubs.
To bind a
bushof thorns among sweet-smelling flowers.
A shrub cut off, or a shrublike branch of a tree;
bushesto support pea vines
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.
The tail, or brush, of a fox.
To beat about the bush,
to approach anything in a round-about manner, instead of coming directly to it; – a metaphor taken from hunting.–
a variety of bean which is low and requires no support (–
Phaseolus vulgaris, variety
Bush buck, or
a beautiful South African antelope (–
Tragelaphus sylvaticus); – so called because found mainly in wooden localities. The name is also applied to other species.
the serval. See–
a bird of the genus–
Pratincola, of the Thrush family.
Bushhammerin the Vocabulary.
a South African wild hog (–
Potamochœrus Africanus); – called also
bush pig, and
a venomous snake (–
Lachesis mutus) of Guinea; – called also
a variety of pea that needs to be bushed.–
a bird of the genus–
Thamnophilus, and allied genera; – called also
batarg. Many species inhabit tropical America.
a small bird of the genus
Psaltriparus, allied to the titmouse.
Psaltriparus minimusinhabits California.
To branch thickly in the manner of a bush.“The bushing alders.”
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To set bushes for; to support with bushes;
To use a bush harrow on (land), for covering seeds sown; to harrow with a bush;
busha piece of land; to
bushseeds into the ground
busa box, akin to E.
box; or F.
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.
☞ In the larger machines, such a piece is called a box, particularly in the United States.
A piece of copper, screwed into a gun, through which the venthole is bored.
To furnish with a bush, or lining;
busha pivot hole
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A shrub with branches; a thick shrub; also, a cluster of shrubs. With hunters, a fox tail.
2.An assemblage of branches interwoven.
3.A branch of a tree fixed or hung out as a tavern sign. Hence, since the branch has been discontinued, a coronated frame of wood hung out as a tavern sign, is so called. Hence the English proverb, 'Good wine needs no bush.'
[I know not that this word is thus used in the U. States.]
4.A circle of metal let into the sheaves of such blocks as have iron pins, to prevent their wearing.
This word when applied to sheaves is called bush, but when applied to the circular iron of a cart wheel is, in America, called a box.