Pronunciation Noun

bucket (plural buckets)

  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. (UK, archaic) A unit of measure equal to four gallons.
  4. Part of a piece of machinery that resembles a bucket (container).
  5. (slang) An old vehicle that is not in good working order.
  6. (basketball, informal) The basket.
    The forward drove to the bucket.
  7. (basketball, informal) A field goal.
    ''We can't keep giving up easy buckets.
  8. (variation management) A mechanism for avoiding the allocation of targets in cases of mismanagement.
  9. (computing) A storage space in a hash table for every item sharing a particular key.
  10. (informal, chiefly, in the plural) A large amount of liquid.
    It rained buckets yesterday.
    I was so nervous that I sweated buckets.
  11. A bucket bag.
    • 1989, Susan Ludwig, Janice Steinberg, Petite Style (page 46)
      Avoid bulky styles such as duffle sacks, buckets, doctors' satchels, and hobos.
  12. The leather socket for holding the whip when driving, or for the carbine or lance when mounted.
  13. The pitcher in certain orchids.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: seau, (Quebec) chaudière
  • German: Eimer
  • Italian: secchio
  • Portuguese: balde
  • Russian: ведро́
  • Spanish: balde (Central and South America), cubeta (Guatemala), cubo (Spain standard usage), pozal (Northern Spain), tobo (Venezuela)
  • German: ein Eimer voll
  • Portuguese: balde
  • Russian: ведро́
Translations Translations Translations Verb

bucket (buckets, present participle bucketing; past and past participle bucketed)

  1. (transitive) To place inside a bucket.
  2. (transitive) To draw or lift in, or as if in, buckets.
    to bucket water
  3. (intransitive, informal) To rain heavily.
    • It’s really bucketing down out there.
  4. (intransitive, informal) To travel very quickly.
    • The boat is bucketing along.
  5. (computing, transitive) To categorize (data) by splitting it into buckets, or groups of related items.
    • 2002, Nicolò Cesa-Bianchi, Masayuki Numao, Rüdiger Reischuk, Algorithmic Learning Theory: 13th International Conference (page 352)
      These candidates are then bucketed into a discretized version of the space of all possible lines.
  6. (transitive) To ride (a horse) hard or mercilessly.
  7. (transitive, UK, US, rowing) To make, or cause to make (the recovery), with a certain hurried or unskillful forward swing of the body.
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