bucket: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (buk'it), [key]
— n., v., -et•ed, -et•ing.
- a deep, cylindrical vessel, usually of metal, plastic, or wood, with a flat bottom and a semicircular bail, for collecting, carrying, or holding water, sand, fruit, etc.; pail.
- anything resembling or suggesting this.
- any of the scoops attached to or forming the endless chain in certain types of conveyors or elevators.
- the scoop or clamshell of a steam shovel, power shovel, or dredge.
- a vane or blade of a waterwheel, paddle wheel, water turbine, or the like.
- (in a dam) a concave surface at the foot of a spillway for deflecting the downward flow of water.
- a bucketful: a bucket of sand.
- Informal.Seefield goal.
- the part of the keyhole extending from the foul line to the end line.
- a leave of the two, four, five, and eight pins, or the three, five, six, and nine pins. See illus. under
- a small, usually inadequate amount in relation to what is needed or requested: The grant for research was just a drop in the bucket.
- to implicate, incriminate, or expose.
- to die: His children were greedily waiting for him to kick the bucket.
- to lift, carry, or handle in a bucket (often fol. by up or out).
- to ride (a horse) fast and without concern for tiring it.
- to handle (orders, transactions, etc.) in or as if in a bucket shop.
- to move or drive fast; hurry.
- bucket (Thesaurus)