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.

Origin: Bushed; . Bushing.

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; especially, 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. 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.

<botany> Bush bean, a small bird of the genus Psaltriparus, allied to the titmouse. P. Minimus inhabits California.

Origin: 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. <mechanics> 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.

2. A piece of copper, screwed into a gun, through which the venthole is bored.

Origin: D. Bus a box, akin to E. Box; or F. Boucher to plug.

(01 Mar 1998)