Meaning of BUCKET in English


n. & v.


1. a a roughly cylindrical open container, esp. of metal, with a handle, used for carrying, drawing, or holding water etc. b the amount contained in this (need three buckets to fill the bath).

2 (in pl.) large quantities of liquid, esp. rain or tears (wept buckets).

3 a compartment on the outer edge of a water wheel.

4 the scoop of a dredger or a grain-elevator.

--v. (bucketed, bucketing)

1. intr. & tr. (often foll. by along) Brit. move or drive jerkily or bumpily.

2 intr. (often foll. by down) (of liquid, esp. rain) pour heavily.

Phrases and idioms:

bucket seat a seat with a rounded back to fit one person, esp. in a car. bucket-shop

1. an office for gambling in stocks, speculating on markets, etc.

2 colloq. a travel agency specializing in cheap air tickets.


bucketful n. (pl. -fuls).

Etymology: ME & AF buket, buquet, perh. f. OE buc pitcher

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.