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
3 : bucketful

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

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

The main issue is that those 60 satellites are merely a drop in the bucket. Shannon Hall, New York Times, "After SpaceX Starlink Launch, a Fear of Satellites That Outnumber All Visible Stars," 1 June 2019 If the deposits are really caked on, dip the wire brush in the bucket of soapy water and get to work. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your BBQ Grill," 14 May 2019 Analysts say the goal of Mr. Guaido’s daring gambit isn’t to resolve the country’s humanitarian crisis—the aid is a drop in the bucket of Venezuela’s needs. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Showdown at Venezuelan Border Turns Deadly," 22 Feb. 2019 The actress also shared some behind-the-scenes content on her Instagram, including a hot tip about putting on jewelry (shrink your knuckles by putting your hand in a bucket of ice, if necessary). Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Cast of The Good Place Has Arrived on the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Catherine Corson, 50, his mentee in the garden, said while dipping freshly harvested collard greens into a bucket of water. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "At the Haverford YMCA, an obsessive lawyer sweats it out - over a miracle garden | Maria Panaritis," 12 July 2018 Water from the leaky roof has been dripping into the bucket for the past week. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award finalist: "The Sweeper of Hair" by Karin Lin-Greenberg," 2 June 2018 For dinner, Clark would put canned food into a bucket of hot water so the labels would fall off. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "The Rabblerousing Queen of Grand Canyon Rafting," 24 May 2018 On a twin bed covered by a thin clear plastic sheet, sat a bag with surgical gloves, a jar of petroleum jelly, cotton wool, some pain killers and the needle, attached to a long, thin tube, which is used to drain the fluid into a bucket on the floor. Alex Platt, CNN, "Trump's ban on global abortion funding has led to more abortions," 24 May 2018

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

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bucket

noun

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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