keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection" crowdedwith or characterized by much activity; "a very busy week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport" actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"; "the line is 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" overcrowded or cluttered with detail; "a busy painting"; "a fussy design
When a telephone line is busy, you cannot make your call because the line is already being used by someone else. I tried to reach him, but the line was busy. = engaged see also busily. busied busying busies busy yourself with sth to use your time dealing with something
(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"
A busy place is full of people who are doing things or moving about. The Strand is one of London's busiest and most affluent streets The ward was busy and Amy hardly had time to talk
When you are busy, you are working hard or concentrating on a task, so that you are not free to do anything else. What is it? I'm busy They are busy preparing for a hectic day's activity on Saturday Rachel said she would be too busy to come Phil Martin is an exceptionally busy man
To make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged; to occupy; as, to busy one's self with books
Busy (BY) is the condition in which facilities over which a call is to be transmitted are already in use
If you busy yourself with something, you occupy yourself by dealing with it. He busied himself with the camera She busied herself getting towels ready For a while Kathryn busied herself in the kitchen
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
A call condition in which transmission facilities are already in use A line is considered busy when the caller goes off-hook
In our day, busy means "active" or "hard working": in Donne's day and up until the last century, it could also mean "annoying, interfering, a bit of a pest" which is its meaning here Compare the modern English "busybody"
A relatively new funcion for ICQ which lets users come online so all their friends can see them, then thumb their noses and tell them to get lost C
(of a card) needed to prevent an opponent's winner or for some other specific purpose
The state of a domain that is not available, but is either running or waiting See also "Domain states"
In use, otherwise known as "Off-Hook" There are slow busies and fast busies Slow busies are when the phone at the other end is busy or off-hook They happen 60 times a minute Fast busies, 120 times a minute, occur when the network is congested with too many calls
If you say that someone is busy thinking or worrying about something, you mean that it is taking all their attention, often to such an extent that they are unable to think about anything else. Companies are so busy analysing the financial implications that they overlook the effect on workers Most people are too busy with their own troubles to give much help. = preoccupied
A busy time is a period of time during which you have a lot of things to do. It'll have to wait. This is our busiest time Even with her busy schedule she finds time to watch TV I had a busy day and was rather tired. = hectic quiet
The agents are considered busy when they are logged onto the telephone system and are engaged on an ACD call, engaged on a Non-ACD call, or are in the Not Ready state The agents are not considered busy when they are in the Waiting State (waiting for an ACD call to be routed to the agent's telephone)
If you want work well done, select a busy man: the other kind has no time -Elbert Hubbard (U S author, 1856-1915) (99/10/30) He means business Let's talk business He knows his business I had imagined that the problem would be easy to solve, but it was quite a business I'm afraid it's quite a business (reference: 99, Nikkei)
Call condition in which transmission facilities are already in use Synonym: off-hook condition
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"
Work or activity performed with the intention or result of occupying time, and not necessarily to accomplish something productive; routine work of low priority undertaken for the sake of avoiding idleness
Until we have a system clearly established, entering more data is just busy work.
[ bi-zE ] (adjective.) before 12th century. From Middle English busi, bisi (“busy”), from Old English bysiġ, bisiġ (“busy, occupied”). Cognate with Middle Dutch besich (Dutch bezig, “busy”), Low Saxon besig (“busy”), Old Frisian bisgia (“to use”).
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