bunker

A bunker is an underground shelter, the kind you might build to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. (Be sure to stock up on canned food.)

If you talk about a bunker today, most people assume you mean a shelter that's used during war, like a foxhole, or a safe underground or recessed place. Golfers will think you mean an obstacle on a golf course, a depression that's filled with sand. Another kind of bunker is a compartment that's used to store fuel on large ships — the oil itself is known as bunker fuel. The original fuel bunkers held coal, but today they typically contain oil. Bunker comes from a Scottish word for "bench."

Primary Meanings of bunker

1.
n
a fortification of earth; mostly or entirely below ground
2.
nv
a large container for storing fuel
fill (a ship's bunker) with coal or oil
3.
nv
a hazard on a golf course
hit a golf ball into a bunker
Full Definitions of bunker
1

n a fortification of earth; mostly or entirely below ground

Synonyms:
dugout
Types:
fox hole, foxhole
a small dugout with a pit for individual shelter against enemy fire
funk hole
dugout as a place of safe retreat (when in a funk)
Type of:
fortification, munition
defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
2

n a large container for storing fuel

“the ship's bunkers were full of coal”
Type of:
container
any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)

v fill (a ship's bunker) with coal or oil

Type of:
fuel
provide with a combustible substance that provides energy

v transfer cargo from a ship to a warehouse

Type of:
shift, transfer
move around
3

n a hazard on a golf course

Synonyms:
sand trap, trap
Type of:
hazard
an obstacle on a golf course

v hit a golf ball into a bunker

Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

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