bustle

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse búask (to prepare oneself)[1].

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bustle (plural bustles)

  1. An excited activity; a stir.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 34.
      we are, perhaps, all the while flattering our natural indolence, which, hating the bustle of the world, and drudgery of business seeks a pretence of reason to give itself a full and uncontrolled indulgence
  2. (computing) A cover to protect and hide the back panel of a computer or other office machine.
  3. (historical) A frame worn underneath a woman's skirt, typically only protruding from the rear as opposed to the earlier more circular hoops.

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bustle (third-person singular simple present bustles, present participle bustling, simple past and past participle bustled)

  1. To move busily and energetically with fussiness (often followed by about).
    The commuters bustled about inside the train station.
  2. To teem or abound (usually followed by with); to exhibit an energetic and active abundance (of a thing). See also bustle with.
    The train station was bustling with commuters.

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  1. ^ bustle in Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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