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Dictionary Definition



1 a roughly cylindrical that is vessel open at the top [syn: pail]
2 the quantity contained in a bucket [syn: bucketful]


1 put into a bucket
2 carry in a bucket

User Contributed Dictionary



From boket; compare with Anglo-Saxon bucbelly, pitcher’, or Cornish buket ‘tub’.


  • , /ˈbʌkɪt/, /'bVkIt/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌkɪt


  1. 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. The amount held in this container.
    The horse drank a whole bucket of water.
  3. Part of a piece of machinery that resembles a bucket.
  4. An old car that is not in good working order.
  5. basketball informal The basket.
    The forward drove to the bucket.
  6. basketball informal A field goal.
    ''We can't keep giving up easy buckets.
  7. In the context of "variation management": A mechanism for avoiding the allocation of targets in cases of mismanagement.


See also


amount held in this container
  • Dutch: emmer
  • Finnish: ämpärillinen, sangollinen
  • German: ein Eimer voll
  • Latvian: spainis
  • Slovene: vedro
  • Turkish: kova
part of piece of machinery
  • Finnish: kauha, siipi
  • German: Schaufel
old car
  • Dutch: rammelkar
  • Finnish: kottero
  • Greek: σακαράκα
  • Russian: ведро
basketball: basket
See basket.


  1. To place inside a bucket.
  2. To rain heavily.
    • It’s really bucketing down out there.
  3. To travel very quickly.
    • The boat is bucketing along.


rain heavily
travel very quickly
  • Dutch: vlammen
  • German: durchrütteln


Extensive Definition

A bucket, also called a pail, is 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. Buckets have been used since very ancient times, mainly for transporting water from a fountain or well into permanent reservoirs such as water holes and barrels. Buckets are also used to carry paint, sand and foodstuffs. There was once a rhyme written about a bucket, It consisted of key elements involving Jack and Jill, They had a pail. Buckets can also be used on farms, to give feed to animals such as horses or cows, or to collect things such as apples or pears.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that infants and toddlers can drown in 5-gallon buckets.
bucket in Catalan: Galleda
bucket in Czech: Vědro
bucket in Pennsylvania German: Eemer
bucket in German: Eimer (Behälter)
bucket in Spanish: Cubo (recipiente)
bucket in Esperanto: Sitelo
bucket in French: Seau
bucket in Scottish Gaelic: Peile
bucket in Hindi: बाल्टी
bucket in Indonesian: Ember
bucket in Italian: Secchio
bucket in Luxembourgish: Eemer
bucket in Dutch: Emmer
bucket in Japanese: バケツ
bucket in Norwegian: Bøtte
bucket in Polish: Wiadro
bucket in Portuguese: Balde
bucket in Romanian: Găleată
bucket in Russian: Ведро (ёмкость)
bucket in Simple English: Bucket
bucket in Finnish: Ämpäri
bucket in Swedish: Hink
bucket in Tajik: Сатил
bucket in Võro: Pang
bucket in Vlaams: Seule
bucket in Samogitian: Viedras

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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