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

Definition of bunker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Definition of bunker (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s a drainage line at the bottom, often under a semipermeable polymer layer that forms a firm bottom to the bunker and prevents rocks and soil from coming up during freeze-thaw cycles. Bradley S. Klein, WSJ, 17 June 2022 The renowned 17th hole is about 355 yards to the front bunker, and could make for a wild finish Sunday. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2022 In Fortress, Willis plays Robert, an ex-CIA agent living in a secret resort who is forced to retreat with his estranged son to a high-tech bunker when the area comes under attack by his old nemesis. Stephanie Wenger, PEOPLE.com, 31 Mar. 2022 While all of this is going on, Jughead is unknowingly writing about Rivervale in the bunker, having his stories stolen by La Llorona and, eventually, coming face to face with... himself. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, 27 June 2022 While Poston made three birdies in his final nine holes, Thorbjornsen landed his tee shot in the bunker on 12 and in the water on 13. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 26 June 2022 Officials did not grant the 2022 PGA Championship winner a relief drop, forcing Thomas to reposition and make a difficult approach, causing his ball to end up in the bunker just ahead of the green. Bryce Houston, The Courier-Journal, 18 June 2022 McIlroy was forced to take a whack at it while standing in the bunker. Adam Schupak, USA TODAY, 16 June 2022 So Scooter and his friends arranged for someone to go to the apartment, snatch the passports and deliver them to the woman in the bunker. Rob Kuznia, Blake Ellis And Daniel A. Medina, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Frogs, which usually bunker down during cooler weather — the middle of the year in Australia — were apparently wandering out into the open, sitting down, and dying en masse. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Despite many lyrical references to the omens of the 2020s—fevers, algorithms, TV shows that have jumped the shark—the band hawks familiar commentary: The only response to powerlessness is to find companions with whom to bunker down or run away. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 5 May 2022 The artist Andrea Bowers is a workaholic who, during the depths of the pandemic, was happy to bunker in her studio here and spend hundreds of hours making a single photorealistic drawing of, say, a protester for fair wages or climate justice. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Others might search for hotels or bunker down for an uncomfortable night of chair sleep. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, 6 Dec. 2021 Stann had just walked out of the campus barber shop when an announcement came over the loudspeaker that all midshipmen were to bunker down with their companies. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 10 Sep. 2021 And then on the par-5 13th, DeChambeau went from deep rough to deep rough to bunker, blasting out of the sand over the green next to a beer box, making double bogey. CBS News, 21 June 2021 This will be a good weekend to bunker in either at home or your favorite pub and enjoy some soccer. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2021 And then on the par-5 13th, DeChambeau went from deep rough to deep rough to bunker, blasting out of the sand over the green next to a beer box, making double bogey. CBS News, 21 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bunker


1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1886, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bunker


Scots bonker chest, box

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6 Aug 2022

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“Bunker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bunker. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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

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Ellsworth 1894–1984 American diplomat


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