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[buhng-ker] /ˈbʌŋ kər/
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.
verb (used with object)
  1. to provide fuel for (a vessel).
  2. 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
1750-60; earlier bonkar (Scots) box, chest, serving also as a seat, of obscure origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bunkering
Historical Examples
  • The gradients between the tee and the hole should be made use of in bunkering.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • The bunkering is something of a patchwork, in which the theories of two opposite schools have been blended.

  • The size and contour of the putting green and the bunkering should depend upon the character and length of the hole.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • The difficult problem of course was the blacklist and bunkering agreement, but I think we are by that.

  • Current bunkering controls require licensing both by the Bank of Greece and the customs authorities.

    East-West Trade Trends Harold E. Stassen
British Dictionary definitions for bunkering


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
(transitive) (golf)
  1. to drive (the ball) into a bunker
  2. (passive) to have one's ball trapped in a bunker
(transitive) (nautical)
  1. to fuel (a ship)
  2. to transfer (cargo) from a ship to a storehouse
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: chest, box): from Scottish bonkar, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bunkering



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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