omnibus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj omnibus providing for many things at once "an omnibus law"
    • n omnibus a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport "he always rode the bus to work"
    • n omnibus an anthology of articles on a related subject or an anthology of the works of a single author
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Omnibus A long vehicle, having seats for many people; a bus.
    • Omnibus (Glass Making) A sheet-iron cover for articles in a leer or annealing arch, to protect them from drafts.
    • Omnibus (Printing) A volume containing collected and reprinted works of a single author or on a single theme.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • omnibus Including all or a great number; covering or designed to cover many different cases or things; embracing numerous distinct objects: as, an omnibus bill, clause, or order.
    • n omnibus A long-bodied four-wheeled vehicle for carrying passengers, generally between two fixed stations, the seats being arranged lengthwise, with the entrance at the rear. Omnibuses were first started in Paris in the reign of Louis XIV., but were soon discontinued. They were revived in Paris about 1828, and were soon after introduced into London and New York. Now commonly abbreviated, especially in England, to bus.
    • n omnibus In glass-making, a sheet-iron cover for articles in an annealing-arch, to protect them from drafts of air.
    • n omnibus Same as omnibus-box.
    • n omnibus A man or boy who assists a waiter in a hotel or restaurant, removes the soiled dishes, and brings new supplies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Omnibus om′ni-bus including all: covering many different cases or objects, as 'an omnibus clause.'—n. a large four-wheeled vehicle for passengers, chiefly between two fixed points
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Quotations

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.”
  • Virginia Woolf
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    “It's not catastrophes, murders, deaths, diseases, that age and kill us; it's the way people look and laugh, and run up the steps of omnibuses.”

Idioms

Man on the Clapham omnibus - (UK) The man on the Clapham omnibus is the ordinary person in the street.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., for all, dat. pl. from omnis, all. Cf. Bus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Lit. 'for all,' L. dative pl. of omnis, all.

Usage

In literature:

I made father take me for a drive on the top of a City omnibus the other day, and it was just thrilling.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
I so seldom travel in anything but shaky omnibuses.
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
An omnibus had been hired expressly for the occasion.
"Nearly Lost but Dearly Won" by Theodore P. Wilson
How that omnibus driver 'longed to be somewhere else and see the round world before he died.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
I think I hear you say that it is a respectable position to drive an omnibus?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Where are those omnibuses?
"Salthaven" by W. W. Jacobs
He dropped from the omnibus at the park entrance, where he found his restive mare.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
Provided with this ticket, Mr. George took an omnibus at Wall Street and rode up to Canal Street.
"Rollo on the Atlantic" by Jacob Abbott
It is like a short omnibus.
"Rollo in Switzerland" by Jacob Abbott
Besides the driver, there was a conductor, whose place was upon the step of the omnibus, behind.
"Rollo in Paris" by Jacob Abbott
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In poetry:

He never rides in trucks or trams,
In taxicabs or omnibuses,
And so keeps out of traffic jams
And other hippopotomusses.
"Habits of the Hippopotamus" by Arthur Guiterman
Ride, si sapis, o puella, ride,
Pelignus, puto, dixerat poeta;
Sed non dixerat omnibus puellis;
Et si dixerat omnibus puellis,
Non dixit tibi. Tu puella non es.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =Second Dialogue=" by Giordano Bruno
"Be my Hero," said I,
"And let ME be Leander!"
But I lost her reply -
Something ending with "gander" -
For the omnibus rattled so loud that no
mortal could quite understand her.
"Atalanta In Camden -Town" by Lewis Carroll
But now at the gate of the garden we stand,
And the moment has come for unclasping the hand;
Will you drop it like lead, and in silence retreat
Like the twenty crushed forms from an omnibus seat?
"At The Close Of A Course Of Lectures" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Look - my triangular Cape of Good Hope.
To purchase it I had to sell my car.
Now in my pocket for some sous I grope
To pay my omnibus when home is far,
And I am cold and hungry and footsore,
In haste to add some beauty to my store.
"Stamp Collector" by Robert W Service
He was joulting by Wellinton's monument
Our rotorious hippopopotamuns
When some bugger let down the backtrap of the omnibus
And he caught his death of fusiliers,
  (Chorus) With his rent in his rears.
           Give him six years.
"The Ballad of Persse O'Reilly" by James Joyce

In news:

Last week, an Omnibus Budget bill died in the Senate.
It was not the end of efforts by Democrats to put together wide-ranging legislation, as they unveiled a new Omnibus dealing with public lands bills.
The Omnibus Arrives December 14, 2010.
Letter to the Senate in Support of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
Letter to the Full Senate in Support of an Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
It's Fringe time so whip out that GCal, 'cause Mama Omnibus is about to give you the hook up.
Check out this year's cover for the USDF Region 1 Omnibus .
House approves $447 billion omnibus spending bill.
House approves $447 billion omnibus spending measure.
Functional Claims and Omnibus Claims.
House rejects public lands omnibus .
Community Board 2 OMNIBUS ST VINCENT'S HOSPITAL COMMITTEE: Wed.
Speaking now on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. Nev.) says he is "sorry and disappointed" to announce that he does not have the votes for the omnibus spending package.
James's first omnibus volume containing three of her mystery novels will make clear why this English writer is cutting such a sure and distinctive way in a crowded field.
Omnibus Hearing continued in local case.
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In science:

This finding appears to be consistent with the point made by Janssen (2000) that omnibus tests have nearly trivial asymptotic power against all the local alternatives, except for those contained in a finite-dimensional space.
Testing conditional independence via Rosenblatt transforms
Omnibus test contours for departures from normality based on b1 and b2 .
Moment-based inference for Pearson's quadratic q subfamily of distributions
The tests were compared to the test based on Mardia’s skewness measure b1,p (9), the test based on Mardia’s kurtosis measure b2,p (17) and the Mardia-Kent omnibus test T (Mardia & Kent, 1991), in which the skewness and kurtosis measures are combined.
Tests for multivariate normality based on canonical correlations
The improved omnibus test was recently presented in Nakagawa et al. (2011).
A measure of skewness for testing departures from normality
Improved omnibus test statistic for normality.
A measure of skewness for testing departures from normality
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