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bush 1 (bsh)
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n.
1. A low shrub with many branches.
2. A thick growth of shrubs; a thicket.
3.
a. Land covered with dense vegetation or undergrowth.
b. Land remote from settlement: the Australian bush.
4.
a. A shaggy mass, as of hair.
b. Vulgar Slang A growth of pubic hair.
5. A fox's tail.
6.
a. Archaic A clump of ivy hung outside a tavern to indicate the availability of wine inside.
b. Obsolete A tavern.
v. bushed, bush·ing, bushes
v.intr.
1. To grow or branch out like a bush.
2. To extend in a bushy growth.
v.tr.
To decorate, protect, or support with bushes.
adj.
Slang Bush-league; second-rate: "Reviewers here have tended to see in him a kind of bush D.H. Lawrence" (Saturday Review).

[Middle English, partly from Old English busc, partly from Old French bois, wood (of Germanic origin), and partly of Scandinavian origin (akin to Danish busk). N., sense 3, possibly from Dutch bosch.]

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bush 2 (bsh)
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tr.v. bushed, bush·ing, bush·es
To furnish or line with a bushing.

[From bush, bushing, possibly alteration of Dutch bus, box.]

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Bush, Vannevar 1890-1974.
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American electrical engineer who designed (1928) the differential analyzer, an early computer, and directed the development of new military technologies during World War II.

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Bush, Laura Born 1946.
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First lady of the United States (2001-2009) as the wife of President George W. Bush. She has championed education causes and women's health issues.
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Laura Bush

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Bush, George Walker Born 1946.
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The 43rd president of the United States (2001-2009). A former oil company executive and governor of Texas (1994-2000), Bush defeated Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election, losing the popular vote but winning a majority in the electoral college. His administration was marked by an American-led invasion of Afghanistan in response to al-Qaeda's terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, by the Iraq War, and by federal support of failed banks and insurance companies during a large-scale credit crisis.
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George W. Bush

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Bush, George Herbert Walker 1924-2018.
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The 41st president of the United States (1989-1993). A former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1976-1977) and vice president (1981-1989) under Ronald Reagan, as president he initiated the Gulf War (1991) in response to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.
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George H. W. Bush

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Bush (bsh), Barbara 1925-2018.
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First lady of the United States (1989-1993) as the wife of President George H.W. Bush. She was active in promoting literacy.
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Barbara Bush

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