- 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.
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Idioms for bucket
Origin of bucket
regional variation note for bucket
British Dictionary definitions for drop in the bucket
verb -kets, -keting or -keted
Word Origin for bucket
Idioms and Phrases with drop in the bucket (1 of 2)
A very small quantity, especially one that is too small. For example, These contributions are just a drop in the bucket; the new church wing will cost thousands more. John Wycliffe's followers used this seemingly modern phrase in their translation of the Bible (1382), and it also appears in the 1611 King James version (Isaiah 40:15): “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance.”
Idioms and Phrases with drop in the bucket (2 of 2)
see drop in the bucket; kick the bucket; rain cats and dogs (buckets); weep buckets.