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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bush
Senses
  1. A thicket, or place abounding in trees or shrubs; a wild forest.
  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.

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.

Etymology: OE. bosch busch buysch bosk busk; akin to D. bosch, OHG. busc, G. busch, Icel. būskr būski, 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

verb Bush
To branch thickly in the manner of a bush.
verb Bush
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  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.
noun Bush
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  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.
  2. [Gun] A piece of copper, screwed into a gun, through which the venthole is bored.

Note: ☞ In the larger machines, such a piece is called a box, particularly in the United States.

Etymology: D. bus a box, akin to E. box; or F. boucher to plug

verb Bush
To furnish with a bush, or lining; as, to bush a pivot hole.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Hair growing in the pubic area
  2. Dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes
  3. A large wilderness area
  4. Vice president under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (born in 1924)
  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)
  6. 43rd President of the United States; son of George Herbert Walker Bush (born in 1946)
  7. A low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
  8. Provide with a bushing
  9. Not of the highest quality or sophistication
Wiktionary
A bush (woody plant)
  1. (horticulture) A woody plant distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and lower height, being usually less than six metres tall; a horticultural rather than strictly botanical category.
  2. (slang, vulgar) A person's pubic hair, especially a woman's; loosely, a woman's vulva.
  3. A shrub cut off, or a shrublike branch of a tree.
    to support pea vines
  4. A shrub or branch, properly, a branch of ivy (sacred to Bacchus), hung out at vintners' doors, or as a tavern sign; hence, a tavern sign, and symbolically, the tavern itself.
  5. (hunting) The tail, or brush, of a fox.

From Middle English busch, busshe, from Old English busc, bysc (“copse, grove, scrub”, in placenames), from Proto-Germanic *buskaz (“bush, thicket”), probably from Proto-Indo-European *bʰuH- (“to grow”). Cognate with West Frisian bosk (“woods”), Dutch bos (“woods”), German Busch (“bush”), Danish and Norwegian busk (“bush, shrub”), Swedish buske (“bush, shrub”), Persian بیشه (biše, “woods”). Latin and Romance forms (Latin boscus, Occitan bòsc, French bois and buisson, Italian bosco and boscaglia, Spanish bosque, Portuguese bosque) derive from the Germanic. The sense 'pubic hair' was first attested in 1745.

  1. (horticulture) A woody plant distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and lower height, being usually less than six metres tall; a horticultural rather than strictly botanical category.
  2. (slang, vulgar) A person's pubic hair, especially a woman's; loosely, a woman's vulva.
  3. A shrub cut off, or a shrublike branch of a tree.
    to support pea vines
  4. A shrub or branch, properly, a branch of ivy (sacred to Bacchus), hung out at vintners' doors, or as a tavern sign; hence, a tavern sign, and symbolically, the tavern itself.
  5. (hunting) The tail, or brush, of a fox.

From the sign of a bush usually employed to indicate such places.

  1. (archaic) A tavern or wine merchant.

From Middle Dutch bosch (modern bos) ("wood, forest"), first appearing in the Dutch colonies to designate an uncleared district of a colony, and thence adopted in British colonies as bush.

  1. (often with "the") Rural areas, typically remote, wooded, undeveloped and uncultivated.
    1. (Australia) The countryside area of Australia that is less arid and less remote than the outback; loosely, areas of natural flora even within conurbations.
    2. (New Zealand) An area of New Zealand covered in forest, especially native forest.
    3. (Canada) The wild forested areas of Canada; upcountry.
  2. (Canada) A woodlot or bluff on a farm.

Back-formation from bush league.

  1. (baseball) Amateurish behavior, short for "bush league behavior"

From Middle Dutch busse 'box; wheel bushing', from Proto-Germanic *buhsiz (compare English box). More at box.

  1. A thick washer or hollow cylinder of metal (also bushing).
  2. A mechanical attachment, usually a metallic socket with a screw thread, such as the mechanism by which a camera is attached to a tripod stand.
  3. A piece of copper, screwed into a gun, through which the venthole is bored.

    bush was also found in the following language(s): Albanian and Aromanian

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    Ethnicity Bush U.S.
      White 71.73% 64.26%
      African American 22.44% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.15% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.29% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Bush

    • How Popular is the name Bush? Bush is the 39,911th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bush was the 372nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Bush have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 80 babies born with the first name Bush in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bush to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bush? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1889 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
    • When was Bush first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bush is Saturday, September 8th, 1877.
    • What year had the most people named Bush born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bush was in 1915 with a total of 11 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Bush: Your name in reverse order is Hsub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Suhb. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bush? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 84,018 people with the last name Bush.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bush? Bush was ranked as the 372nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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