What does bucket mean?

Definitions for bucket
ˈbʌk ɪtbuck·et

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bucket, pailnoun

    a roughly cylindrical vessel that is open at the top

  2. bucket, bucketfulverb

    the quantity contained in a bucket

  3. bucketverb

    put into a bucket

  4. bucketverb

    carry in a bucket


  1. bucketnoun

    A container made of rigid material, often with a handle, used to carry liquids or small items.

    I need a bucket to carry the water from the well.

  2. bucketnoun

    The amount held in this container.

    The horse drank a whole bucket of water.

  3. bucketnoun

    Part of a piece of machinery that resembles a bucket.

  4. bucketnoun

    An old car that is not in good working order.

  5. bucketnoun

    The basket.

    The forward drove to the bucket.

  6. bucketnoun

    A field goal.

    We can't keep giving up easy buckets.

  7. bucketnoun

    A mechanism for avoiding the allocation of targets in cases of mismanagement.

  8. bucketnoun

    A storage space in a hash table for every item sharing a particular key.

  9. bucketverb

    To place inside a bucket.

  10. bucketverb

    To rain heavily.

  11. bucketverb

    To travel very quickly.

  12. bucketverb

    To categorize (data) by splitting it into buckets, or groups of related items.

  13. Etymology: From buket, partly from buket ‘tub, pail’ (compare Jersey, Guernsey), diminutive of buc ‘abdomen; object with a cavity’, from (compare Occitan/Catalan buc, Italian buco, buca ‘hole, gap’), from ‘belly, stomach’, and partly from bucc (mod. dialectal buck), both from būkaz. More at bouk.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bucketnoun

    a vessel for drawing up water from a well, or for catching, holding, or carrying water, sap, or other liquids

  2. Bucketnoun

    a vessel (as a tub or scoop) for hoisting and conveying coal, ore, grain, etc

  3. Bucketnoun

    one of the receptacles on the rim of a water wheel into which the water rushes, causing the wheel to revolve; also, a float of a paddle wheel

  4. Bucketnoun

    the valved piston of a lifting pump


  1. Bucket

    A Bucket is typically a watertight, vertical cylinder or truncated cone, with an open top and a flat bottom, usually attached to a semicircular carrying handle called the bail. A common volume is 10 dm³.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bucket

    buk′et, n. a vessel for drawing or holding water, &c.; one of the compartments on the circumference of a water-wheel, or one of the scoops of a dredging-machine: the leather socket for holding the whip in driving, or for the carbine or lance when mounted: a name given to the pitcher in some orchids.—ns. Buck′etful, as much as a bucket will hold; Buck′eting (U.S.), jerky rowing; Buck′et-shop, slang term for the offices of 'outside brokers'—mere agents for bets on the rise or fall of prices of stock, &c.; Buck′et-wheel, a contrivance for raising water by means of buckets attached to the circumference of a wheel.—Give the bucket, to dismiss; Kick the bucket (slang), to die. [Prob. conn. with A.S. búc, a pitcher; or O. Fr. buket, a pail. Not Gael. bucaid, a bucket.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bucket

    A small globe of hoops, covered with canvas, used as a recall for the boats of whalers.

Rap Dictionary

  1. bucketnoun

    Old car in bad shape. "So I moved on an old car, it was a bucket, but fu** it, it had to do" -- Ice-T. (Midnight).

  2. bucketnoun

    Gravity bong.

  3. bucketnoun

    3 Was a full moon so I went I went fishin, jumped out da car I'm like where's my bucket, I left home and fa got 2 tucket ita

Editors Contribution

  1. bucket

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Buckets are created for various purposes e.g. to put water or other liquids in, to attach to a piece of machinery to move earth etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bucket' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3619

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bucket' in Nouns Frequency: #2423

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bucket in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bucket in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of bucket in a Sentence

  1. George Orwell:

    you can't live life without consequences. They occur regardless of the decision. A consequence is an outcome, good or bad. You can live life without regrets and thats what makes it worth it. Or you could live with regret and end up hanging yourself but thats still good. You paid for the rope so your feeding someones family. Something to be proud of before you kick the bucket

  2. Stephen Bomar:

    Although the Chinooks have been deployed, the Oregon Department of Forestry is currently at capacity with more than 40 overall aviation assets. We have been utilizing Blackhawk helicopters to assist in firefighting efforts since Governor Brown declared a state of emergency due to heightened wildfire weather conditions on August 19, we now have eight Blackhawks available, six dedicated to Bambi bucket water drop operations, and two available for search and rescue. We also currently have two UH-72 Lakotas assisting officials with fire mapping to keep track of the fires.

  3. Deputy Richard Tidwell:

    There was barely any food or water for the child. The outbuilding had a strong ammonia smell where the two had been urinating and defecating in a five-gallon bucket.

  4. Dick Cheney Obama:

    Take executive action on immigration? Bucket. New climate regulations? Bucket. It's the right thing to do.

  5. Thomas Cravens:

    We know that it's bumping material out of the rings at least 10 times faster than we thought, if it's not being replenished, the rings aren't going to last -- you've got a hole in your bucket. Jupiter probably had a ring that evolved into the current wispy ring, and it could be for similar reasons. Rings do come and go. At some point they gradually drain away unless somehow they're getting new material.

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