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."

Definitions of bunker
  1. noun
    a fortification of earth; mostly or entirely below ground
    synonyms: dugout
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    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. noun
    a large container for storing fuel
    “the ship's bunkers were full of coal”
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    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)
  3. verb
    fill (a ship's bunker) with coal or oil
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    type of:
    fuel
    provide with a combustible substance that provides energy
  4. verb
    transfer cargo from a ship to a warehouse
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    type of:
    shift, transfer
    move around
  5. noun
    a hazard on a golf course
    synonyms: sand trap, trap
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    type of:
    hazard
    an obstacle on a golf course
  6. verb
    hit a golf ball into a bunker
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    type of:
    hit
    cause to move by striking
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