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bush

6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bush \Bush\ (b[.u]sh), noun [OE. bosch, busch, buysch, bosk, busk; akin to D. bosch, OHG. busc, G. busch, Icel. b[=u]skr, b[=u]ski, 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 is 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.

Note: 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.

{To beat about the bush}, to approach anything in a round-about manner, instead of coming directly to it; -- a metaphor taken from hunting.

{Bush bean} (Bot.), a variety of bean which is low and requires no support ({Phaseolus vulgaris}, variety nanus). See {Bean}, 1.

{Bush buck}, or {Bush goat} (Zool.), a beautiful South African antelope ({Tragelaphus sylvaticus}); -- so called because found mainly in wooden localities. The name is also applied to other species.

{Bush cat} (Zool.), the serval. See {Serval}.

{Bush chat} (Zool.), a bird of the genus {Pratincola}, of the Thrush family.

{Bush dog}. (Zool.) See {Potto}.

{Bush hammer}. See {Bushhammer} in the Vocabulary.

{Bush harrow} (Agric.) See under {Harrow}.

{Bush hog} (Zool.), a South African wild hog ({Potamoch[oe]rus Africanus}); -- called also {bush pig}, and {water hog}.

{Bush master} (Zool.), a venomous snake ({Lachesis mutus}) of Guinea; -- called also {surucucu}.

{Bush pea} (Bot.), a variety of pea that needs to be bushed.

{Bush shrike} (Zool.), a bird of the genus {Thamnophilus}, and allied genera; -- called also {batarg}. Many species inhabit tropical America.

{Bush tit} (Zool.), a small bird of the genus {Psaltriparus}, allied to the titmouse. {Psaltriparus minimus} inhabits California.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bush \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.

Note: 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bush \Bush\, verb (used with an object) To furnish with a bush, or lining; as, to bush a pivot hole. bush baby

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bush \Bush\ (b[.u]sh), verb (used without an object) To branch thickly in the manner of a bush. "The bushing alders." --Pope.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bush \Bush\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Bushed} (b[.u]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

bush

adjective

1: not of the highest quality or sophistication [syn: {bush- league}, {bush}]

noun

1: a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems [syn: {shrub}, {bush}]

2: a large wilderness area

3: dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes [syn: {scrub}, {chaparral}, {bush}]

4: 43rd President of the United States; son of George Herbert Walker Bush (born in 1946) [syn: {Bush}, {George Bush}, {George W. Bush}, {George Walker Bush}, {President Bush}, {President George W. Bush}, {Dubyuh}, {Dubya}]

5: 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) [syn: {Bush}, {Vannevar Bush}]

6: vice president under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (born in 1924) [syn: {Bush}, {George Bush}, {George H.W. Bush}, {George Herbert Walker Bush}, {President Bush}]

7: hair growing in the pubic area [syn: {pubic hair}, {bush}, {crotch hair}]

verb

1: provide with a bushing

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