• WordNet 3.6
    • n business incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect "his business with the cane was hilarious"
    • n business the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money "he's not in my line of business"
    • n business the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects "computers are now widely used in business"
    • n business the volume of commercial activity "business is good today","show me where the business was today"
    • n business a rightful concern or responsibility "it's none of your business","mind your own business"
    • n business an immediate objective "gossip was the main business of the evening"
    • n business business concerns collectively "Government and business could not agree"
    • n business a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it "he bought his brother's business","a small mom-and-pop business","a racially integrated business concern"
    • n business customers collectively "they have an upper class clientele"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a...
The Jamestown cooper was a busy craftsman. Many barrels, hogsheads, and casks were needed in the colony, and large quantities of barrel staves were made for shipping to England. (Painting by Sidney E. King.) The Jamestown cooper was a busy craftsman. Many barrels, hogsheads, and casks were needed in the colony, and large...
What’s ’is business What’s ’is business
Jo was very busy Jo was very busy
A man looks at his bald head in his reflection while his two wives busy themselves in the background A man looks at his bald head in his reflection while his two wives busy themselves in the background

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1908, the first machine to make lollipops opened for business in New Haven, Connecticut
    • Business 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 ."
    • Business Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a profession. "The business of instruction."
    • Business Care; anxiety; diligence.
    • Business 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 business ."
    • Business 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 ?"
    • Business 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,
      Importunes personal conference."
      "What business has the tortoise among the clouds?"
    • Business (Drama) The position, distribution, and order of persons and properties on the stage of a theater, as determined by the stage manager in rehearsal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The lifespan of a firefly is about seven days. During these days, they are busy trying to find a mate
    • n business The state of being busy or actively employed; diligence; pains.
    • n business Care; anxiety; solicitude; worry.
    • n business A matter or affair that engages a person's attention or requires his care; an affair receiving or requiring attention; specifically, that which busies or occupies one's time, attention, and labor as his chief concern; that which one does for a livelihood; occupation; employment: as, his business was that of a merchant; to carry on the business of agriculture.
    • n business Specifically Mercantile pursuits collectively; employments requiring knowledge of accounts and financial methods; the occupation of conducting trade or monetary transactions of any kind.
    • n business That which is undertaken as a duty or of chief importance, or is set up as a principal purpose or aim.
    • n business Concern; right of action or interposition: as, what business has a man with the disputes of others?
    • n business Affair; point; matter.
    • n business Theat., such preconcerted movements and actions on the stage as going up, crossing over, taking a chair, poking a fire, toying with anything, etc., designed to fill up the action of the play or character, and heighten its effect.
    • n business To ease one's self at stool.
    • business Relating to, connected with, or engaged in business, traffic, trade, etc.: as, business habits; business hours; business men.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Everyday, U.S. business use enough paper to circle the Earth over 20 times
    • n Business biz′nes employment: engagment: trade, profession, or occupation: one's concerns or affairs: a matter or affair:
    • n Business biz′nes (theat.) action as distinguished from dialogue
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  • Pablo Picasso
    “The people who make art their business are mostly impostors.”
  • Augustine Birrell
    Augustine Birrell
    “Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.”
  • Atwood H. Townsend
    Atwood H. Townsend
    “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.”
  • Kim Basinger
    Kim Basinger
    “I work in a strange business, and trust is a word that's not even in the vocabulary.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Don't steal; thou it never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat.”


Busy as a beaver - If you're as busy as a beaver, you're very busy indeed.
Busy as a bee - If you are as busy as a bee, you are very busy indeed.
Monkey business - If children get up to monkey business, they are behaving naughtily or mischievously. This is the same as 'monkeying around'.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Busy


In literature:

The home is not a business and yet it requires some knowledge of business.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
I'll tell you what, Jimmy, I'll close up my business at twelve o'clock, and give all my clerks a half-holiday.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
Business is business, partner, but I hate to set an old-timer afoot complete.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
The only business he knew was the cigar business.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
You an' me is 'quivalent, only I's mo' in dis Konk'rin' Hero business.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
In office hours you run no risk in calling him a liar, for then he'll laugh at the joke and tell you business is business.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
The business men's club wanted a business administration.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
Back of the resentful eyes the girl's brain was busy.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
When I looked at the Busie of today, I was reminded of the Busie of the past.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
And why not, if it is a lawful business?
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society

In poetry:

"And still go questing
New things and thinkers,
And keep as busy
As twenty tinkers.
"Thomas Jefferson" by Stephen Vincent Benet
There's enough, dear children,
To do in the house,
To keep you as busy
As a little mouse.
"Industry in Children. Proverb 22:6" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"Busy Mistress One-Eye
With her long white train
Dips her nose and down she goes--
Up she comes again.
"April" by Nancy Byrd Turner
The quick compunction cannot serve;
She saw the flash,
Ere he had bent with busy hand
And drooping lash.
"The Selector’s Wife" by Mary Eliza Fullerton
Closed his eyes and took no heed
What might come or pass;
Heard his hunger-busy steed
Cropping dewy grass.
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
And with the nurslings feet
Engaged in busy play
It made the parents' pleasant home
A joyance all the day.
"Caleb Hazen Talcott," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney

In news:

Houseboat Business Floats Back To Business.
Houseboat Business Floats Back To Business.
Leaving small business owners out of the Bush tax cut extension, Rep Kevin McCarthy, center, says, could kill small businesses.
In Dawson County, residents, politicians and business owners are uniting against a business operator who wants a permit to spread partially treated human sewage on land in Dawson County.
With more than 22 years of business development, sales and service-related experience and expertise in the environmental and water treatment fields, Carreño is set to achieve significant growth for IDE 's business in South America.
Does a business owner's political or social views affect whether you patronize the business.
Local businesses like to have fun and use the Redskins' various triumphs to promote their businesses and give away free stuff, all while getting you to buy other stuff.
Michelle Obama is a busy, busy woman.
Police say 21 businesses were checked and two businesses made a sale to a person under the legal age of 21.
After starting three small businesses, I've learned firsthand the headaches that accounting causes for most small business owners.
A late-summer horror tale took possession of the weekend box office as Hollywood quietly wound down a busy season that turned out to be not so busy.
The basic tenants of doing business are pretty much the same regardless of whether you are an agricultural business in Des Moines or a semiconductor maker in San Jose.
The Better Business Bureau is alerting area businesses about look-alike invoices from a California-based company trying to bill for hundreds of dollars.
The Oxford Board of Aldermen are considering a revised sign measure for the Downtown Business District that would limit businesses to one four square feet illuminated sign within a three-foot radius from any exterior window.
Deterioration in the business jet market is continuing to slow, according to UBS Investment Research's latest monthly business jet report, which was released on Friday.

In science:

Indeed it is the Metropolis algorithm that launched the Monte-Carlo-for-statistical-physics business; it remains to date the best algorithm in this field.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
This might become quite a tricky business, since usually, the amplitude squared f (~x) is wildly fluctuating due to resonant structures in propagators and – in the Monte Carlo sense – singular behavior at some edges of the allowed phase space.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Our next business is to show that B is a homomorphic image of Uq ( bgl N ).
$U_q(\hat{\frak{gl}}_{{}_N})$ action on $\hat{\frak{gl}}_{{}_N}$ -modules and quantum toroidal algebras
Others classify recommender systems from a business-oriented perspective , often based on how they are built.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
His enlightening insight, keen sense of humor, side-pro ject business pursuits, and love of fine cognac provided much enjoyment. I would also like to thank Charles Parks for his continuing support and friendship.
Variational Principles in General Relativity