- a large bin or receptacle; a fixed chest or box: a coal bunker.
- a fortification set mostly below the surface of the ground with overhead protection provided by logs and earth or by concrete and fitted with openings through which guns may be fired.
- Golf. any obstacle, as a sand trap or mound of dirt, constituting a hazard.
- to provide fuel for (a vessel).
- to convey (bulk cargo except grain) from a vessel to an adjacent storehouse.
- Golf. to hit (a ball) into a bunker.
- to equip with or as if with bunkers: to bunker an army's defenses.
Origin of bunker
Examples from the Web for bunker
Whatever the reason, Burton was committed enough to leave tiny Bunker Hill to seek out her beau.Mrs. Manson, Hometown Antihero
November 24, 2014
Bunker, along with his brothers Herbert and Lamar, started buying silver in 1970, when it was $1.94 an ounce.The Zillionaires Who Lost Everything
October 26, 2014
You feel like you need to bunker up, hide away, and arm yourself.David Oyelowo on Playing Martin Luther King Jr., Ebola Fears, and Race in Hollywood
October 15, 2014
The bunker, so crucial during the final years of the Cold War in the Baltic, was only declassified in 2003.The Secret Soviet Power Bunker—in Latvia, a Hiding Place for the Elite
September 25, 2014
Hunkered down in a bunker, she, Mellie, and Fitz argue over what details about their relationship they want to make public.Kerry Washington’s Favorite ‘Scandal’ Season 3 Moments
August 8, 2014
See the great ball which they roll from Baltimore to Bunker hill!Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the nave of the cathedral are two English battle-flags that were at Bunker Hill.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
He sustained us at Bunker Hill, and we should have held it if our powder had not given out.
It is with reason, then, that Boston still celebrates Bunker Hill.
Before Bunker Hill, every one of them who could leave Boston had done so.
- a large storage container or tank, as for coal
- Also called (esp US and Canadian): sand trap an obstacle on a golf course, usually a sand-filled hollow bordered by a ridge
- an underground shelter, often of reinforced concrete and with a bank and embrasures for guns above ground
- (tr) golf
- to drive (the ball) into a bunker
- (passive)to have one's ball trapped in a bunker
- (tr) nautical
- to fuel (a ship)
- to transfer (cargo) from a ship to a storehouse
Word Origin and History for bunker
1758, originally Scottish, "seat, bench," of uncertain origin, possibly a variant of banker "bench" (1670s; see bank (n.2)); possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Swedish bunke "boards used to protect the cargo of a ship"). Of golf courses, first recorded 1824, from extended sense "earthen seat" (1805); meaning "dug-out fortification" probably is from World War I.