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n. pl. mo·tor·bus·es or mo·tor·bus·ses
A passenger bus.
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(Automotive Engineering) a bus driven by an internal-combustion engine
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(ˈmoʊ tərˌbʌs)

n., pl. -bus•es, -bus•ses.
a passenger bus powered by a motor. Also called mo′tor coach`.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.motorbus - a vehicle carrying many passengersmotorbus - a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport; "he always rode the bus to work"
minibus - a light bus (4 to 10 passengers)
public transport - conveyance for passengers or mail or freight
roof - protective covering on top of a motor vehicle
school bus - a bus used to transport children to or from school
trackless trolley, trolley coach, trolleybus - a passenger bus with an electric motor that draws power from overhead wires
window - a transparent opening in a vehicle that allow vision out of the sides or back; usually is capable of being opened
fleet - group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership
passenger, rider - a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) who is not operating it
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On July 12, 1919, the first Birkenhead Corporation motorbuses began running, and buses gradually replaced trams until the end of the tram operation, in July, 1937.
"Huddersfield was the first municipality to operate its own transport network with its steam and electric trams, trolleybuses and motorbuses and we hope to identify the places, the buildings and the unique structures associated with this rich seam of our local history."
Such vehicles could provide levels of comfort, quietness, reliability and speed, far beyond the capabilities of motorbuses at the time.'' Is that how you remember the trolley bus?
For years, residents had complained that many of the region's roads were in poor condition and largely impassable by motorbuses during the rainy spring months.
Around the stadium, "taxi-cabs in their hundreds were utilised as were privatelychartered brakes, motorbuses, hansoms, 'growlers', wagonettes and every other conceivable form of vehicle".
At one stage, in October 1959, the Ministry of Transport considered conversion to motorbuses for the whole system, but deferred the decision for two years.
By 1914 horses shared the streets with motorbuses, electric trams, bicycles, and cars.
Earlswood's heyday undoubtedly came in the early years of the last century, when charabancs, motorbuses and finally trains disgorged their passengers at the village.
In addition, motorbuses began to take over the passenger trade previously handled by interurbans and railroads.