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)

Origin: F. Busc, perh. Fr. The hypothetical older form of E. Bois wood, because the first busks were made of wood. See Bush, and cf. OF. Busche, F. Buche, a piece or log of wood, fr. The same root.

(01 Mar 1998)