buck·​et | \ ˈbə-kət How to pronounce bucket (audio) \

Definition of bucket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a typically cylindrical vessel for catching, holding, or carrying liquids or solids
2 : something resembling a bucket: such as
a : the scoop of an excavating machine
b : one of the receptacles on the rim of a waterwheel
c : one of the cups of an endless-belt conveyor
d : one of the vanes of a turbine rotor
3 : bucketful


bucketed; bucketing; buckets

Definition of bucket (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to draw or lift in buckets
2 British
a : to ride (a horse) hard
b : to drive hurriedly or roughly
3 : to deal with in a bucket shop

intransitive verb

1 : hustle, hurry
2a : to move about haphazardly or irresponsibly
b : to move roughly or jerkily
3 chiefly British, informal : to rain very heavily : pour It doesn't just rain here. It pours; it lashes; it buckets.— Kathleen A. Quinn usually used with down Rain bucketed down for the next two days …— Thurston Clarke

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Examples of bucket in a Sentence

Noun We used two buckets of paint to paint the living room. made buckets of money in the stock market Verb bucketing water from the well, we raced to put out the fire getting the troops into the bucketing landing craft proved to be challenging
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then, scrub like crazy in a bucket of dish soap and water. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 6 June 2021 Of course, that money is a drop in the bucket for Rodgers, and means little if Rodgers wants to send a message to Packers management. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 For a mission that is expected to last many years that might seem like a drop in the bucket, but the sheer amount of work that Perseverance has done in just 100 days is pretty darn impressive. Mike Wehner, BGR, 2 June 2021 The saleswoman put her hand in the bucket, swirled around and emerged with the number 32. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Springtime also marks the culmination of the school year — nine months, a drop in the bucket to an adult but what feels like a lifetime of growth and learning to a five year old in school for the first time. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 That may seem like a drop in the bucket, but with just around 25,000 animals left in the wild in Tasmania a disease-free population in Australia could, unfortunately, become more significant over time. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2021 The carbon-fiber racing bucket seats only move fore and aft, but there's plenty of Alcantara trim and carbon-fiber bits to take in. Juergen Zoellter, Car and Driver, 26 May 2021 The four-way Sport Seats Plus w/ Race-Tex inserts are standard, and optionally, 18-way sport or full bucket seats are available. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From trendy sweatsuits to bucket hats to watches, the streetwear spectrum is deep—and everybody wants a piece. Nandi Howard, Essence, 4 May 2021 Another way to bucket your goals is to categorize them into the sum of the parts or the parts of the sum. Gregory Salsburg, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 East Boston 34, Boston English 23 — Junior guard Madison Theriault bucketed 18 points for the Jets (4-9). Mike Puzzanghera, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Jan. 2020 To travelers, Arizona is known for some of the Southwest's most iconic vacation destinations—from sprawling golf and tennis facilities to innovative wellness retreats to bucket-list natural attractions. Chadner Navarro, Fortune, 28 Jan. 2020 Senior Zakiirah King put up a team-leading nine points while senior Victoria Davis put up eight and junior Samara Curry bucketed seven. Edith Noriega, azcentral, 4 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, the fashion crowd has been photographed wearing teddy jackets in every color, print, length, and shape; some even raised the stakes with teddy accessories, from bucket bags to bucket hats. Georgina Kim, Glamour, 11 Nov. 2019 The age of Mobile Money 2.0 What used to be defined as mobile banking, mobile money, USSD based banking et al, will soon be bucketed into one general descriptor in the age of Mobile Money 2.0. Wiza Jalakasi, Quartz Africa, 4 Oct. 2019 But in a storm of Harvey's sheer monstrousness – hundreds of miles across, lingering for days with bucketing rain that swallowed roads and initially kept rescue aircraft grounded – no government response could ever have been enough. Author: Kevin Sullivan, Peter Holley, Alaska Dispatch News, 3 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of bucket


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1640, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bucket


Middle English, from Anglo-French buket, from Old English būc pitcher, belly; akin to Old High German būh belly

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The first known use of bucket was in the 13th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Bucket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bucket. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bucket

: an open container with a handle that is used especially to hold and carry water and other liquids
: the amount contained in a bucket
: a large container that is part of a machine (such as a tractor) and that is used for digging or carrying dirt, rocks, and other material


buck·​et | \ ˈbə-kət How to pronounce bucket (audio) \

Kids Definition of bucket

1 : a usually round container with a handle for holding or carrying liquids or solids
2 : a large container that is part of a machine and is used for collecting, scooping, or carrying
3 : bucketful a bucket of water "You're sweating buckets," Emma said. "Let me have a go at that before you melt away."— Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


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