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bucket

noun buck·et \ ˈbə-kət \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of bucket

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
5 : basket 3b

Examples of bucket in a Sentence

  1. We used two buckets of paint to paint the living room.

  2. made buckets of money in the stock market

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Origin and Etymology of bucket

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

bucket Synonyms

Synonyms
abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, lot, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
Antonyms
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace
Related Words
epidemic, plague, rash; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, plethora, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; deluge, flood, overflow; army, bevy, cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mob, multitude, press, score, sea, swarm, throng; gazillion, jillion, kazillion, million, thousands, trillion, zillion
Near Antonyms
atom, crumb, dot, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, grain, granule, iota, jot, modicum, molecule, mote, nubbin, particle, ray, scintilla, scrap, shred, tittle, whit; smatter, smattering; dash, drop, morsel, shot; piece, portion, section; absence, dearth, famine, lack, paucity, poverty, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want; deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, skimpiness

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bucket

verb

Definition of bucket

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
2 a : to move about haphazardly or irresponsibly
b : to move roughly or jerkily

Examples of bucket in a Sentence

  1. bucketing water from the well, we raced to put out the fire

  2. getting the troops into the bucketing landing craft proved to be challenging

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First Known Use of bucket

1640

bucket Synonyms

Synonyms
dip, lade, ladle, scoop, spoon
Related Words
bail; deplete, drain, eliminate, empty, exhaust; bleed, draw (off); dish; slop; decant, draw, pump, siphon (also syphon), suction
Near Antonyms
pour; fill


BUCKET Defined for English Language Learners

bucket

noun

Definition of bucket for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

bucket

noun buck·et \ ˈbə-kət \

Definition of bucket for Students

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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