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

Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire. Maria Elena Vizcaino María Méndez, Dallas News, "Want a poppin’ Fourth of July? Here’s what to keep in mind," 3 July 2019 From now to July 7, enjoy $10 off one-gallon cans, or $40 off five-gallon buckets of select BEHR® interior and exterior paints and stains at The Home Depot stores nationwide—including hues from the BEHR 2020 Color Trends palette. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The Best July 4th Home Sales to Keep on Your Radar," 1 July 2019 Never light them without a bucket of water or garden hose at the ready. Laurel Weibezahn, sun-sentinel.com, "People still ignore all of the warnings about fireworks," 29 June 2019 Toy Story 4 Tops Box Office With $100 Million-Plus Debut Another weekend, another chance for Disney to cobble together buckets of cash. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Toy Story 4 Just Crushed the Box Office," 24 June 2019 The Gray Ghost • Description: A rusty bucket of bolts that’s been around since the Clinton Administration. Evan Allgood, The New Yorker, "The Six Remotes in Your Dad’s Entertainment Center," 15 June 2019 The recipe has changed a few times over the years, and the first bucket of KFC chicken sold in 1957. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "50 American Food Facts You Didn't Know," 4 June 2019 There’s a big bucket of colorful scrunchies lying around. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "You’ll Really, Really Want to Stay in the Spice Bus From Spice World—Now an Airbnb," 17 May 2019 The center’s experts rode to the scene at South Beach Park and took the hatchlings, which had been collected in a bucket. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "Sea turtle nest illegally dug up in Boca Raton," 3 July 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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The first known use of bucket was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for bucket

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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