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 Advocates such as Dan Hubbell of the environmental non-profit Ocean Conservancy said this price increase is well within normal price fluctuations for the shipping market, where bunker fuel prices routinely swing between $350 to $600 per metric ton. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Shipping now faces the highest price on carbon for any global industry," 8 May 2021 Bradley ended his round by holing out for eagle from 100 yards in the ninth fairway, over a deep bunker to the elevated green. BostonGlobe.com, "Keegan Bradley holds on to share of Valspar lead after holing out for eagle on his final hole," 30 Apr. 2021 The Aussies went in front on 10, when Schwartzel's approach landed in the bunker and his team two-putted for bogey. Brett Martel, orlandosentinel.com, "Aussies Leishman and Smith win Zurich Classic in a playoff," 26 Apr. 2021 After Smith made birdie putts of 9 feet on the par-5 seventh and 7 feet on the par-3 ninth to pull his team even atop the leaderboard, the Aussies went in front on 10, when Schwartzel's approach found the bunker and his team two-putted for bogey. Brett Martel, ajc, "Aussies Leishman and Smith win Zurich Classic in a playoff," 25 Apr. 2021 Maybe his best shot of the day came on 18, after driving into the fairway bunker and flying his approach over the green onto the trodden strip of grass where the players walk up to the clubhouse. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Schauffele surges but still trails torrid Matsuyama at Masters," 10 Apr. 2021 According to Pifer’s Auction and Realty, the lot encompasses 49.48 acres of land, a number of Brutalist concrete buildings, a command bunker and a dual fence. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "You Could Own an Abandoned Cold War Missile Site in North Dakota," 10 Aug. 2020 Thomas put his second on the par-4 12th into a greenside bunker near the back edge and chopped it out to the rough. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Justin Thomas wins WGC earning No. 1 world ranking; Scottie Scheffler earns top-20 finish in Memphis," 3 Aug. 2020 There is a party in a disused bunker and a party in the control room of a former power plant. The New Yorker, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 7 June 2020 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, "‘I feel closer to my roots’: Three Dallas Cuban-owned restaurants that remind fans of home," 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, "With COVID-19 rampant, here's how the NFL could save the season with December to remember," 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, "Warriors brace for chaotic 6-week stretch that includes draft, free agency," 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, "Supernatural Cast and Crew Mark the Final Day of Filming: 'Thanks for the Memories'," 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, "New & Noteworthy, From Joe Biden to a Rock Novel in Verse," 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, "Supernatural Cast and Crew Mark the Final Day of Filming: 'Thanks for the Memories'," 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, "Supernatural Cast and Crew Mark the Final Day of Filming: 'Thanks for the Memories'," 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, "Supernatural Cast and Crew Mark the Final Day of Filming: 'Thanks for the Memories'," 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

14 May 2021

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“Bunker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bunker. Accessed 16 May. 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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