- any of the scoops attached to or forming the endless chain in certain types of conveyors or elevators.
- the scoop or clamshell of a steam shovel, power shovel, or dredge.
- a vane or blade of a waterwheel, paddle wheel, water turbine, or the like.
- Informal. field goal.
- the part of the keyhole extending from the foul line to the end line.
verb (used with object), buck·et·ed, buck·et·ing.
verb (used without object), buck·et·ed, buck·et·ing.
Origin of bucket
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for bucket
An 18-year-old Swedish rapper/Internet meme has inspired legions of impressionable teens to get based in bucket hats.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’|Marlow Stern|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Early one morning I was passing out hot water, when a man showed me a bucket of blood from his slashed wrists and asked for help.
Her solution: a bucket list of influential people and places to visit and photograph.Annie Leibovitz Talks About ‘Pilgrimage,’ Susan Sontag, Vogue & More|Justin Jones|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was on a hike to the Grand Canyon at age 18 that Shattuck penned her first bucket list.From Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader to Mrs. Robinson|Brandy Zadrozny|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the verge of turning 60 this December, Lennox still has a few items to cross off her bucket list.
There was a bucket of water, full of cool green lights, standing by the well.The Serf|Guy Thorne
How fortunate that he had left this wide open when starting after that bucket of water!Rocky Mountain Boys|St. George Rathborne
Their own bucket, improvised out of a dish-cover and a rope, lay close to the brink.The Wings of the Morning|Louis Tracy
He dipped the bucket, and Rob had his wash; by that time Brazier had joined him.Rob Harlow's Adventures|George Manville Fenn
A brace is made of tin bent in the shape shown and riveted to the bottom of the bucket.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
British Dictionary definitions for bucket
verb -kets, -keting or -keted
Word Origin for bucket
Word Origin and History for bucket
mid-13c., from Anglo-French buquet "bucket, pail," from Old French buquet "bucket," which is from a Germanic source, or a diminutive of cognate Old English buc "pitcher, bulging vessel," originally "belly" (buckets were formerly of leather as well as wood), both from West Germanic *buh- (cf. Dutch buik, Old High German buh, German Bauch "belly"), from PIE *bhou-, variant of root *bheu- "to grow, swell" (see be).
Kick the bucket "to die" (1785) perhaps is from unrelated Old French buquet "balance," a beam from which slaughtered animals were hung; perhaps reinforced by the notion of suicide by hanging after standing on an upturned bucket (but Farmer calls attention to bucket "a Norfolk term for a pulley").
Idioms and Phrases with bucket
see drop in the bucket; kick the bucket; rain cats and dogs (buckets); weep buckets.