(Bush"y) a. [From 1st Bush.]
1. Thick and spreading, like a bush. "Bushy eyebrows." Irving.
2. Full of bushes; overgrowing with shrubs.
Dingle, or bushy dell, of this wild wood.
(Bus"i*ly) adv. In a busy manner.
(Busi"ness) n.; pl. Businesses [From Busy.]
1. That which busies one, or that which engages the time, attention, or labor of any one, as his principal
concern or interest, whether for a longer or shorter time; constant employment; regular occupation; as, the
business of life; business before pleasure.
Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
Luke ii. 49.
2. Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art,
or a profession. "The business of instruction." Prescott.
3. Financial dealings; buying and selling; traffic in general; mercantile transactions.
It seldom happens that men of a studious turn acquire any degree of reputation for their knowledge of
4. That which one has to do or should do; special service, duty, or mission.
The daughter of the King of France,
On serious business, craving quick despatch,
What business has the tortoise among the clouds?
5. Affair; concern; matter; used in an indefinite sense, and modified by the connected words.
It was a gentle business, and becoming
The action of good women.
Your needful counsel to our business.
6. (Drama) The position, distribution, and order of persons and properties on the stage of a theater, as
determined by the stage manager in rehearsal.
7. Care; anxiety; diligence. [Obs.] Chaucer.
To do one's business, to ruin one. [Colloq.] Wycherley. To make (a thing) one's business,
to occupy one's self with a thing as a special charge or duty. [Colloq.] To mean business, to be
Syn. Affairs; concern; transaction; matter; engagement; employment; calling; occupation; trade; profession; vocation; office; duty.
(Busi"ness*like`) a. In the manner of one transacting business wisely and by right methods.
(Busk) n. [F. busc, perh. fr. the hypothetical older form of E. bois wood, because the first busks
were made of wood. See Bush, and cf. OF. busche, F. bûche, a piece or log of wood, fr. the same
root.] A thin, elastic strip of metal, whalebone, wood, or other material, worn in the front of a corset.
Her long slit sleeves, stiff busk, puff verdingall,
Is all that makes her thus angelical.