Bucket definition

bŭkĭt
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A unit of dry measure in the US Customary System equal to 2 pecks (17.6 liters).
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A receptacle on various machines, such as the scoop of a power shovel or the compartments on a water wheel, used to gather and convey material.
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A cylindrical vessel used for holding or carrying liquids or solids; a pail.
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To hold, carry, or put in a bucket.

Bucket up water from a well.

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To make haste; hustle.
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A deep, round container with a flat bottom and a curved handle, used to hold or carry water, coal, etc.; pail.
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The amount held by a bucket.
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A thing like a bucket, as a scoop on a power shovel, any of the cups on a water wheel, or any of the curved vanes in the rotor of a turbine.
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(slang) The rump; buttocks.
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To carry, draw, or lift (water, etc.) in a bucket or buckets.
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(slang) An old car that is not in good working order.
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The definition of a bucket is a round and deep container used for carrying things.

An example of a bucket is what you'd use to carry water from a faucet to a kiddie pool.

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(basketball) A basket.
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The amount that a bucket can hold.

One bucket of paint will be enough for the ceiling.

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To ride (a horse) long and hard.
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To speculate (with) dishonestly as in a bucket shop.
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To ride (a horse) at a fast pace.
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To move or drive rapidly or recklessly.
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(1) A reserved amount of memory that holds a single item or multiple items of data. Bucket is somewhat synonymous to "buffer," although buffers are usually memory locations for incoming data records, while buckets tend to be smaller holding areas for calculations. See hash table, buffer and variable.
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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.

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The amount held in this container.

The horse drank a whole bucket of water.

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Part of a piece of machinery that resembles a bucket.
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(basketball, informal) The basket.

The forward drove to the bucket.

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(basketball, informal) A field goal.

We can't keep giving up easy buckets.

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(variation management) A mechanism for avoiding the allocation of targets in cases of mismanagement.
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(computing) A storage space in a hash table for every item sharing a particular key.
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(informal, chiefly plural) A large amount of liquid.

It rained buckets yesterday.

I was so nervous that I sweated buckets.

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To place inside a bucket.
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(intransitive, informal) To rain heavily.
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(intransitive, informal) To travel very quickly.
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(computing) To categorize (data) by splitting it into buckets, or groups of related items.
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To move or proceed rapidly and jerkily.

Bucketing over the unpaved lane.

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a drop in the bucket
  • An insufficient or inconsequential amount in comparison with what is required.
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kick the bucket
  • to die
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bucket
Plural:
buckets

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

a drop in the bucket

Origin of bucket

  • Middle English from Old French buket of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English boket, buket, partly from Anglo-Norman buket, buquet ‘tub, pail’ (compare Jersey boutchet, Guernsey bouquet), diminutive of buc ‘abdomen; object with a cavity’, from Vulgar Latin *būco (compare Occitan/Catalan buc, Italian buco, buca (“hole, gap”)), from Old Frankish *būk (“belly, stomach”), and partly from Old English bucc (“bucket, pitcher”) (mod. dialectal buck), both from Proto-Germanic *būkaz (“belly, stomach”), equivalent to bouk +‎ -et. More at bouk.

    From Wiktionary