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BUSK, n. A piece of steel or whale bone, worn by women to strengthen their stays; a word dependent on fashion.

BUSK, n. A bush. [Not used.]

BUSK, v.i. To be active or busy.




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BUSK, n. A piece of steel or whale bone, worn by women to strengthen their stays; a word dependent on fashion.

BUSK, n. A bush. [Not used.]

BUSK, v.i. To be active or busy.


BUSK, n. [Fr. busque.]

A piece of steel, whale-bone or wood, worn by women to strengthen their stays or to form the shape; a word dependent on fashion. – Donne.


BUSK, n.

A bush. [Not used.]


BUSK, v.i.

To be active or busy. [This is probably the Saxon word bysgian, to busy, or the Sp. buscar, to search. Bask is still used in America. See Busy. Fairfax uses it in the sense of prepare, transitively, “to busk them for the battle.”]


Busk
  1. 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.
    Marston.

  2. To prepare; to make ready; to array; to dress.

    [Scot. *** Old Eng.]

    Busk you, busk you, my bonny, bonny bride.
    Hamilton.

  3. Among the Creek Indians, a feast of first fruits celebrated when the corn is ripe enough to be eaten. The feast usually continues four days. On the first day the new fire is lighted, by friction of wood, and distributed to the various households, an offering of green corn, including an ear brought from each of the four quarters or directions, is consumed, and medicine is brewed from snakeroot. On the second and third days the men physic with the medicine, the women bathe, the two sexes are taboo to one another, and all fast. On the fourth day there are feasting, dancing, and games.
  4. To go] to direct one's course.

    [Obs.]

    Ye might have busked you to Huntly banks.
    Skelton.

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Busk

BUSK, noun A piece of steel or whale bone, worn by women to strengthen their stays; a word dependent on fashion.

BUSK, noun A bush. [Not used.]

BUSK, verb intransitive To be active or busy.

BUSK'ET, noun A small bush, or a compartment of shrubs in a garden.

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