bucket

An open, round container with a handle is a bucket. You might take a bucket and shovel to the beach for making sand castles.

Buckets are usually made of metal or plastic, and are typically used to carry liquids. A dairy farmer might catch milk in a metal bucket, announcing at the end of the morning, "I got six buckets of milk!" The expression "to kick the bucket" means to die — this particular meaning might stem from the French buquet, "balance," a beam that was used for hanging slaughtered animals.

Definitions of bucket
  1. noun
    a roughly cylindrical vessel that is open at the top
    synonyms: pail
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    cannikin
    a wooden bucket
    dinner bucket, dinner pail
    a pail in which a workman carries his lunch or dinner
    dredging bucket
    a bucket for lifting material from a channel or riverbed
    kibble
    an iron bucket used for hoisting in wells or mining
    slop jar, slop pail
    a large pail used to receive waste water from a washbasin or chamber pot
    wine bucket, wine cooler
    a bucket of ice used to chill a bottle of wine
    clamshell, grapple
    a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
    type of:
    vessel
    an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
  2. noun
    the quantity contained in a bucket
    synonyms: bucketful
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    type of:
    containerful
    the quantity that a container will hold
  3. verb
    put into a bucket
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  4. verb
    carry in a bucket
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    type of:
    carry, transport
    move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
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