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 (Potamochœrus 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.
Bush v. i. To branch thickly in the manner of a bush. “The bushing alders.”
Bush, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bushed (bụsht); 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.
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.
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.
Bush, v. t. To furnish with a bush, or lining; as, to bush a pivot hole.
adj : not of the highest quality or sophistication [syn: bush-league]
n 1: a low woody perennial plant usually having several major
branches [syn: shrub]
2: a large wilderness area
3: dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes [syn:
4: 43rd President of the United States; son of George Herbert
Walker Bush (born in 1946) [syn: 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: Vannevar
6: Vice President under Reagan and 41st President of the United
States (born in 1924) [syn: George Bush, George H.W.
Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush, President Bush]
7: hair growing in the pubic area [syn: pubic hair, crotch
v : provide with a bushing
in which Jehovah appeared to Moses in the wilderness (Ex. 3:2;
Acts 7:30). It is difficult to say what particular kind of plant
or bush is here meant. Probably it was the mimosa or acacia. The
words "in the bush" in Mark 12:26; Luke 20:37, mean "in the
passage or paragraph on the bush;" i.e., in Ex. 3.