bucket

noun
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

bucket

verb
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

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 downRain 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 Hadid rocked a dungaree jumpsuit with a bucket hat, and had a toothpick in her mouth for an edgier look. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk and Gigi Hadid Had a Moment at Jeremy Scott's NYFW Show," 7 Sep. 2019 Now, nine months into 2019, all things sentimental continue to make their way into our shopping carts and closets, including bucket hats, biking shorts, jelly sandals, ugg boots, padded headbands and Skechers. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Why Are We All Dressing Like Children?," 7 Sep. 2019 From trendy sweatsuits to bucket hats to watches, the streetwear spectrum is deep – and everybody wants a piece. Nandi Howard, Essence, "These Are The Hottest Streetwear Pieces To Buy Right Now," 30 Aug. 2019 What’s more, the material is endlessly recyclable, meaning, perhaps, that your Prada bum bag could one day be re-born as a Prada bucket hat. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Prada’s Re-Nylon Project Turns Your Favorite Backpack Into a Sustainable Accessory," 5 Aug. 2019 Her husband, Craig Wood, wore a dark blue Colts’ shirt tucked into his jean shorts and a white Colts’ bucket hat covering his head. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Colts' training camp: What is it like to have an NFL team practice in your backyard?," 25 July 2019 Here, see the best bucket hats to wear all summer long. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The '90s Called—Bucket Hats Are Officially Back," 24 July 2019 Everything on him screamed Broncos: the John Elway jersey, the Broncos socks, the orange bucket hat. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "“Cautiously optimistic”: Broncos Country welcomes change as 2019 team debuts at training camp," 18 July 2019 However, Blues agitator David Perron would have drawn a minor of his own, for intentionally ripping off Krug’s bucket. BostonGlobe.com, "(Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe)," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Texans’ do-it-ourselves rescue effort defines Hurricane Harvey," 3 Sep. 2017 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. Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, "Texans’ do-it-ourselves rescue effort defines Hurricane Harvey," 2 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of bucket

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1640, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bucket

Noun

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

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26 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for bucket

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

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More Definitions for bucket

bucket

noun
How to pronounce bucket (audio)

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

bucket

noun
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 sweating buckets

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