bunker

noun
bun·​ker | \ ˈbəŋ-kər How to pronounce bunker (audio) \

Definition of bunker

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a bin or compartment for storage especially : one on shipboard for the ship's fuel
2a : a protective embankment or dugout especially : a fortified chamber mostly below ground often built of reinforced concrete and provided with embrasures
b : a sand trap or embankment constituting a hazard on a golf course

bunker

verb
bunkered; bunkering\ ˈbəŋ-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce bunker (audio) \

Definition of bunker (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to fill a ship's bunker with coal or oil

transitive verb

1 : to place or store in a bunker
2 : to hit (a golf ball or shot) into a bunker

Bunker

biographical name
Bun·​ker | \ ˈbəŋ-kər How to pronounce Bunker (audio) \

Definition of Bunker (Entry 3 of 3)

Ellsworth 1894–1984 American diplomat

Examples of bunker in a Sentence

Noun The ammunition is stored in concrete bunkers. Verb She bunkered her tee shot. They bunkered just enough coal to get them to the port.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The birdies on No. 16 and 17 came in response to a disappointing double-bogey on No. 15 set up by a drive into the fairway bunker. Dallas News, 30 May 2021 The chain is about 10-15 yards in front of the bunker, not in a perfectly straight line but in a sort of arc. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, 29 May 2021 Kevin Streelman was 3 under on the 18th tee but drove it right into a waste bunker, leading to bogey and — yep, another 70. Ben Nuckols, ajc, 23 May 2021 Kevin Streelman was 3 under on the 18th tee but drove it right into a waste bunker, leading to bogey and — yep, another 70. Ben Nuckols, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 All that mattered was that uphill walk to the 18th green, needing only to blast out of the bunker and take two putts for the victory. Doug Ferguson, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2021 All that mattered was that uphill walk to the 18th green, needing only to blast out of the bunker and take two putts for the victory. Doug Ferguson, courant.com, 11 Apr. 2021 All that mattered was that uphill walk to the 18th green, needing only to blast out of the bunker and take two putts for the victory. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Apr. 2021 In the playoff on the 18th, Migliaccio was right of the bunker near the green, leaving her a delicate shot over sand to a fast green. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mask up and bunker down next to the indoor palm tree, dunk fried plantain discs into creamy black beans, and repeat. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 12 Feb. 2021 Sixteen teams can stop trying to operate in a global pandemic and let their employees go home and bunker with loved ones. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, 20 Nov. 2020 With just six weeks until the start of the NBA season, Myers is poised to bunker down in his home office for perhaps the most frenzied period of his Warriors tenure. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, 11 Nov. 2020 In the photo, Padalecki and Ackles are seen sitting at the end of the table in the Men of Letters bunker with the infamous tape ball positioned closer to the camera — wearing a mask. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2020 Two families, brought together by Airbnb and circumstance, bunker down at that home, scared, lacking information about something mysterious and terrible that has already sickened one of them. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2020 In the photo, Padalecki and Ackles are seen sitting at the end of the table in the Men of Letters bunker with the infamous tape ball positioned closer to the camera — wearing a mask. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2020 In the photo, Padalecki and Ackles are seen sitting at the end of the table in the Men of Letters bunker with the infamous tape ball positioned closer to the camera — wearing a mask. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2020 In the photo, Padalecki and Ackles are seen sitting at the end of the table in the Men of Letters bunker with the infamous tape ball positioned closer to the camera — wearing a mask. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bunker

Noun

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1886, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bunker

Noun

Scots bonker chest, box

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Last Updated

7 Jun 2021

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

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bunker

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bunker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong building that is mostly below ground and that is used to keep soldiers, weapons, etc., safe from attacks
golf : an area on a golf course that is filled with sand
: a container for holding coal, oil, etc., on a ship or outside a house

bunker

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bunker (Entry 2 of 2)

golf : to hit (a golf ball) into a bunker
: to place or store (coal, oil, etc.) in a bunker

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