- Inflections of 'bucket' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
buck•et, /ˈbʌkɪt/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- a deep, round container with a flat bottom, an open top, and a handle;
pail:He put the mop in the bucket of water.
- something, as a scoop, shaped like this:the bucket on a steam shovel.
- an amount (of something) carried in a bucket;
bucketful: a bucket of sand.
- a large amount:[plural]It's raining buckets out there.
- Idiomsa drop in the bucket, a small, inadequate amount:That donation of fifty cents was just a drop in the bucket.
- Idioms, Slang Termskick the bucket, Slang. to die:Too bad old Charrington kicked the bucket last week.
(buk′it),USA pronunciation n., v., -et•ed, -et•ing. n.
- 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.;
- anything resembling or suggesting this.
- Mechanical Engineeringany of the scoops attached to or forming the endless chain in certain types of conveyors or elevators.
- Mechanical Engineeringthe scoop or clamshell of a steam shovel, power shovel, or dredge.
- Mechanical Engineeringa vane or blade of a waterwheel, paddle wheel, water turbine, or the like.
- Civil Engineering(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.
- Sport[Informal.]See field goal.
- Sportthe part of the keyhole extending from the foul line to the end line.
- AutomotiveSee bucket seat.
- Sport[Bowling.]a leave of the two, four, five, and eight pins, or the three, five, six, and nine pins. See illus. under bowling.
- Idiomsdrop in the bucket, a small, usually inadequate amount in relation to what is needed or requested:The grant for research was just a drop in the bucket.
- British Terms, Idiomsdrop the bucket on, [Australian Slang.]to implicate, incriminate, or expose.
- kick the bucket, [Slang.]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).
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]to ride (a horse) fast and without concern for tiring it.
- to handle (orders, transactions, etc.) in or as if in a bucket shop.
- [Informal.]to move or drive fast;
- Old English bucc (variant of būc vessel, belly; cognate with German Bauch) + Old French -et -et
- Middle English buket 1250–1300
Though both bucket and pail are used throughout the entire U.S., pail has its greatest use in the Northern U.S., and bucket is more commonly used elsewhere, esp. in the Midland and Southern U.S.
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bucket /ˈbʌkɪt/ n
vb ( -kets, -keting, -keted)
- an open-topped roughly cylindrical container; pail
- Also called: bucketful the amount a bucket will hold
- any of various bucket-like parts of a machine, such as the scoop on a mechanical shovel
- chiefly US a turbine rotor blade
- Austral NZ an ice cream container
- kick the bucket ⇒ slang to die
Etymology: 13th Century: from Anglo-French buket, from Old English būc; compare Old High German būh belly, German Bauch belly
- (transitive) to carry in or put into a bucket
- (intransitive) often followed by down: (of rain) to fall very heavily
- (intransitive) often followed by along: chiefly Brit to travel or drive fast
- (transitive) Austral slang to criticize severely
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