busy

Definitions

  • THE PRINCE'S BUSINESS ROOM
    THE PRINCE'S BUSINESS ROOM
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj busy crowded with or characterized by much activity "a very busy week","a busy life","a busy street","a busy seaport"
    • adj busy actively or fully engaged or occupied "busy with her work","a busy man","too busy to eat lunch"
    • adj busy intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner "an interfering old woman","bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself","busy about other people's business"
    • adj busy (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line) "her line is busy","receptionists' telephones are always engaged","the lavatory is in use","kept getting a busy signal"
    • adj busy overcrowded or cluttered with detail "a busy painting","a fussy design"
    • v busy keep busy with "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
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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...
MODERN BUSINESS METHODS MODERN BUSINESS METHODS
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
    • Busy Careful; anxious.
    • Busy Constantly at work; diligent; active. "Busy hammers closing rivets up.""Religious motives . . . are so busy in the heart."
    • Busy Crowded with business or activities; -- said of places and times; as, a busy street. "To-morrow is a busy day."
    • Busy Engaged in some business; hard at work (either habitually or only for the time being); occupied with serious affairs; not idle nor at leisure; as, a busy merchant. "Sir, my mistress sends you word
      That she is busy , and she can not come."
    • Busy Officious; meddling; foolish active. "On meddling monkey, or on busy ape."
    • v. t Busy To make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged; to occupy; as, to busy one's self with books. "Be it thy course to busy giddy minds
      With foreign quarrels."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average a business document is copied 19 times
    • busy Actively or attentively engaged; closely occupied physically or mentally; intent upon that which one is doing; not at leisure: opposed to idle.
    • busy Active in that which does not concern one; meddling with or prying into the affairs of others; officious; importunate.
    • busy In constant or energetic action; rapidly moving or moved; diligently used: as, busy hands or thoughts.
    • busy Pertaining or due to energetic action; manifesting constant or rapid movement.
    • busy Requiring constant attention, as a task.
    • busy Filled with, active duties or employment.
    • busy Careful; anxious. Chaucer. Synonyms and Active, Busy, Officious, etc. (see active); diligent, assiduous, hard-working; meddling, intriguing.
    • busy To employ with constant attention; keep engaged; make or keep busy: as, to busy one's self with books.
    • busy In decoration, full of detail; overcrowded; fussy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The lifespan of a firefly is about seven days. During these days, they are busy trying to find a mate
    • adj Busy biz′i fully employed: active: diligent: meddling
    • v.t Busy to make busy: to occupy:—pr.p. busying (biz′i-ing); pa.p. busied (biz′id)
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Quotations

  • Calvin Coolidge
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    “The business of the country is business.”
  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity.”
  • Millard Drexler
    Millard Drexler
    “You can't run a business without taking risks.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
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    “Business has only two functions -- marketing and innovation.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
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    “The purpose of a business is to create a customer.”
  • B. C. Forbes
    B.%20C.%20Forbes
    “If you don't drive your business you will be driven out of business.”

Idioms

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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. busi, bisi, AS. bysig,; akin to D. bezig, LG. besig,; cf. Skr. bhūsh, to be active, busy

Usage

In literature:

So he selected a time when business would be slack in the store, and called in.
"Chester Rand" by Horatio Alger, Jr
In order to do business you had better go where business is being done.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Your grandfather made his money in trade; he made a good business, and he put your father and me both into it.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
Did you ever know Paul Hollister to let anything interfere with business?
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
Some of the more careful business-men shook their heads doubtfully over the young merchant's extravagance, and predicted a collapse presently.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Doris sat and watched both busy women.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
He had given up the practise of medicine after the war, and devoted himself to the business of which his father had been justly proud.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
The reason I headed her off was because I wanted to talk business to Ascher, very particular business and rather important.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Business, however, began to languish.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
We want to know what are his relations with the business world with which he deals and the consuming public to whom he caters.
"The Negro at Work in New York City" by George Edmund Haynes
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In poetry:

Chance and change are busy ever;
Man decays and ages move;
But His mercy waneth never:
God is wisdom! God is love!
"God is Love" by John Bowring
Where'er my lovesick limbs I lay
To shun the rushing wind,
Its busy murmurs seem to say,
"She never will be kind!"
"Song XIII. - Winter" by William Shenstone
And this is why he is ranging
From blossom to blossom to-day;
He is busy making nectar
For the lips of elf and fay.
"The Message Of The Bee" by Alexander Anderson
PHILIP. If important
Business in this street detains you
(Not a word whereon I offer),
Give me room that I may pass.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
She knows contentment is decay,
That discontent brings brighter days
By men and women's thriving ways—
She's busy.
"The Model Girl" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Thy precepts often I survey;
I keep thy law in sight,
Through all the business of the day,
To form my actions right.
"Psalm 119 part 6" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Russell Goudy , after a little setback, nevertheless tends to customers and business, seated by the light bulb section near the store entrance while son, Russ, tends to the store's burgeoning Internet business.
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Maria Strini Ben Lynch (center) and his sons Brian (left) and Mike Lynch, have expanded the scope of their lab business with the acquisition of the GlareControl business from Corning.
Why did you decide to go into the pet care and grooming business and how long have you operated your business.
Core Phone Contact Center features Gryphon 's sophisticated Core engine, incorporating each company's business rules, procedures, and proprietary business relationships into a contact-governance profile.
Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company, announced the release of Building a Business with Business Owners, a new guidebook that focuses on how financial advisors can meet the increasingly specialized personal and business needs of entrepreneurs.
Handwork has the potential to provide the highest profit margins to our business compared to any other business component.
Mark Fields graduated from Harvard Business School and chose a job at Ford over offers in investment banking because the car business so enthralled him.
Ent's Business Dividend Checking Open an Ent Business Checking account in March and get $50.
A national study confirms what business men and women here have known for a long time CNN Money recently ranked Lubbock at No 12 on its list of 100 best places to start a small business.
The Obama economy is so bad that 77 percent of small business owners do not plan to hire any more workers despite all of Washington's hype that the business climate is getting better.
Sole proprietors and owners of home-base businesses are less likely to own IRAs or participate in 401(k)/Thrift plans, according to a study released by the Small Business Administration in March.
Michael Amodeo is New York's most prominent auctioneer of failed restaurants and bankrupt businesses, and these days he is a very busy man.
Running a business and business development are hard enough these days.
Small Businesses' Most Influential Champions Will Be Honored at the Small Business Influencer 2012 Awards Gala.
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In science:

Finally, there are those businesses that enhance income simply by increasing the appeal of visiting the company’s network.
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So long as House businesses can profitably compete for ads und er revenue types 1 or 2, then in principle, and all other things being equal, they should have unlimited budgets, since the more they spend, the more the company makes.
Bid Optimization for Internet Graphical Ad Auction Systems via Special Ordered Sets
Note that businesses, including House businesses, may have multiple campaigns which share the same badget.
Bid Optimization for Internet Graphical Ad Auction Systems via Special Ordered Sets
Note that except for the overall impression constraint (4), the model falls into disjoint sub models, one for each business k .
Bid Optimization for Internet Graphical Ad Auction Systems via Special Ordered Sets
In our company, use of the model, as opposed to continuing with the traditional manual process, is on an opt-in basis for each House business.
Bid Optimization for Internet Graphical Ad Auction Systems via Special Ordered Sets
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