What does pail mean?

Definitions for pailpeɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pail.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bucket, pail(noun)

    a roughly cylindrical vessel that is open at the top

  2. pail, pailful(noun)

    the quantity contained in a pail


  1. pail(Noun)

    A vessel of wood, tin, plastic, etc., usually cylindrical and having a handle -- used especially for carrying liquids, for example water or milk; a bucket (sometimes with a cover).

    The milkmaid carried a pail of milk in each hand.

  2. pail(Noun)

    (In technical use) A closed (covered) cylindrical shipping container.

  3. pail(Noun)

    A company of wasps.

  4. Origin: payle 'wooden container', from pæġel 'wine vessel, container for liquids, pail; liquid measure', from pagilaz 'peg, rake' (compare / pegel 'half pint', pægel 'id.'), diminutive of *pag-. More at peg.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pail(noun)

    a vessel of wood or tin, etc., usually cylindrical and having a bail, -- used esp. for carrying liquids, as water or milk, etc.; a bucket. It may, or may not, have a cover

  2. Origin: [OE. paile, AS. pgel a wine vessel, a pail, akin to D. & G. pegel a watermark, a gauge rod, a measure of wine, Dan. pgel half a pint.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pail

    pāl, n. an open vessel of wood, &c., for holding or carrying liquids.—n. Pail′ful, as much as fills a pail. [O. Fr. paile, paele—L. patella, a pan, dim. of paterapatēre, to be open.]

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Anagrams for pail »

  1. pali, Pali

  2. lipa

  3. pial

  4. Pali


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pail in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Butler Yeats:

    Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

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