OMNIBUS (Lat. " for all "), a large closed pubhc conveyance with seats for passengers inside and out (see Carriage). The name, colloquially shortened to " bus," was, in the form voilurc omnibus, first used for such conveyances in Paris in 182S, and was taken by Shilhbeer for the vehicle he ran on the Paddington road in 1829. The word is also apphed to a bo.x at the opera which is shared by several subscribers, to a bill or act of parliament deaUng with a variety of subjects, and in electrical engineering to the bar to which the terminals of the generators are attached and from which the current is taken off by the wires supplying the various consumers.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)