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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bucketnoun

    Etymology: baquet, Fr.

    Now is this golden crown like a deep well,
    That owes two buckets, filling one another;
    The emptier ever dancing in the air,
    The other down unseen, and full of water. William Shakespeare, R. II.

    Is the sea ever likely to be evaporated by the sun, or to be emptied with buckets? Richard Bentley.

    Now streets grow throng’d, and, busy as by day,
    Some run for buckets to the hallow’d quire;
    Some cut the pipes, and some the engines play;
    And some, more bold, mount ladders to the fire. Dryden.

    The porringers, that in a row
    Hung high, and made a glitt’ring show,
    To a less noble substance chang’d,
    Were now but leathern buckets rang’d. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Bucket

    A bucket is typically a watertight, vertical cylinder or truncated cone or square, with an open top and a flat bottom, attached to a semicircular carrying handle called the bail.A bucket is usually an open-top container. In contrast, a pail can have a top or lid and is a shipping container. In common usage, the two terms are often used interchangeably.


  1. bucket

    A bucket is a cylindrical or conical open-top container used for carrying or holding various types of materials, such as liquid, sand, or gardening equipment. Typically made of plastic or metal, buckets often have sturdy handles for easy moving and pouring. In a computational or data context, a bucket can refer to a specific type of storage or category for data organization.

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. Ted Cruz:

    It's their so-called three-bucket solution, all the good stuff is in bucket three. I've called bucket three the suckers' bucket. Take everything in bucket three. Put it in bucket one.

  2. Byron C. Radaker:

    Our government has found that the most effective way to control a person is not by the ballot or the bullet, but rather by the 'bucket'. Today, in a country that fought a revolution to rid itself of a repressive government and excessive taxes, government takes 40 percent of everything we earn in the form of taxes.

  3. Harry Kent:

    We’ve had a climbing and outdoor school for 28 years, no other business or guide service was offering cliff camping to the public. I thought it would be an exciting bucket-list adventure for people.

  4. Matt Bellina:

    Because of the Ice Bucket Challenge, I think that we’re going to beat this thing it’s just a complete game changer.

  5. Michelle Pope:

    He really needs to return that bucket, and he really needs to apologize.

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