• bucket, brush, wood and lye
    bucket, brush, wood and lye
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bucket carry in a bucket
    • v bucket put into a bucket
    • n bucket a roughly cylindrical vessel that is open at the top
    • n bucket the quantity contained in a bucket
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Jerkwater" is a railroad term. Until about fifty years ago, most trains were pulled by thirsty steam engines that needed to refill their boilers from water towers next to the tracks. But some towns were so small and inconsequential that they lacked a water tower. When trains stopped in those places, the crew had to find a nearby stream or well and, bucket-brigade style, "jerk" the water to the train. Those little dots on the map became known as jerkwater towns.
    • Bucket (Mach) a bucketfull.
    • Bucket A vessel (as a tub or scoop) for hoisting and conveying coal, ore, grain, etc.
    • Bucket A vessel for drawing up water from a well, or for catching, holding, or carrying water, sap, or other liquids. "The old oaken bucket , the iron-bound bucket ,
      The moss-covered bucket , which hung in the well."
    • Bucket (Mach) One of the receptacles on the rim of a water wheel into which the water rushes, causing the wheel to revolve; also, a float of a paddle wheel.
    • Bucket (Mach) one of vanes on the rotor of a turbine.
    • Bucket The valved piston of a lifting pump.
    • Bucket To draw or lift in, or as if in, buckets; as, to bucket water.
    • Bucket (Rowing) To make, or cause to make (the recovery), with a certain hurried or unskillful forward swing of the body.
    • Bucket To pour over from a bucket; to drench.
    • Bucket To ride (a horse) hard or mercilessly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A bucket filled with earth would weigh about 5 time more than the same bucket filled with the substance of the sun. However, the force of gravity is so much greater on the sun that the man weighing 150 pounds on our planet would weigh 2 tons on the sun.
    • n bucket A vessel for drawing up water, as from a well; a pail or open vessel of wood, leather, metal, or other material, for carrying water or other liquid.
    • n bucket A vane, float, or box on a water-wheel against which the water impinges, or into which it falls, in turning the wheel.
    • n bucket The scoop of a dredging-machine, a grain-elevator, etc.
    • n bucket The float of a paddle-wheel.
    • n bucket The piston of a lifting-pump.
    • n bucket As much as a bucket holds; half a bushel.
    • bucket To dip up water with a bucket; use a bucket.
    • bucket [In allusion to the rapid motion of a bucket in a well.] To move fast.
    • bucket To pour water upon with a bucket.
    • n bucket A letter full of abuse.
    • n bucket A scoop or digger used for taking up loose material such as coal or ore, and often for digging under water. Such buckets are operated by power and can lift a ton or more at a time. The most common form is the clam-shell bucket, which is made in two parts hinged together. It is lowered with the jaws open, and they are closed while the bucket rests on the material to be lifted. It is heavy enough to dig in as the jaws close and so pick up its load.
    • n bucket In turbines and centrifugal pumps, the space between two adjacent vanes on the revolving wheel.
    • n bucket A beam or pole on which anything may be hung or carried.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bucket buk′et a vessel for drawing or holding water, &c.; one of the compartments on the circumference of a water-wheel, or one of the scoops of a dredging-machine: the leather socket for holding the whip in driving, or for the carbine or lance when mounted: a name given to the pitcher in some orchids
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  • William R. Alger
    William R. Alger
    “We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don't go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won't laugh at you.”
  • Swedish Proverb
    Swedish Proverb
    “Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    “Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil.”
  • Percy Ross
    Percy Ross
    “Many drops make a bucket, many buckets make a pond, many ponds make a lake, and many lakes make an ocean.”
  • Dan Snow
    Dan Snow
    “When teaching, light a fire, don't fill a bucket.”


Drop in the bucket - (USA) A drop in the bucket is something so small that it won't make any noticeable difference.
Kick the bucket - When someone kicks the bucket, they die.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. boket,; cf. AS. buc, pitcher, or Corn. buket, tub
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. conn. with A.S. búc, a pitcher; or O. Fr. buket, a pail. Not Gael. bucaid, a bucket.


In literature:

Here's our well; draw a bucket while I get my wind.
"Fred Fenton on the Track" by Allen Chapman
Buckets were collected from all parts of the deck, and water was procured from pumps and over the sides.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
Besides, the bucket was very full.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
The scientist peered into the buckets.
"Make Mine Homogenized" by Rick Raphael
He eyed a pile of soiled dishes in disgust, then set a lard bucket of water to heat.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
It is a sort of balance, with a weight at one end and a cord and bucket at the other.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Then the bucket hit the water, splash.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
Searching up and down for a possible comb, he spied a bucket.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
I'll draw up a bucket full, and carry to him and show him.
"Forests of Maine" by Jacob S. Abbott
She was much astonished at my asking for a bucket of cold water, for bathing.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
That too lay on the table beside the water bucket, where he had placed it after taking his text.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
The boys fetched paper cartridges of powder in buckets from the magazine and the gunners lighted the matches of tow.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
In addition to the chest each mess owned an axe, water bucket, and bread tray.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
Then, as she stepped out at the back to empty a bucket, there he was!
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
One day the mother sent Blanche to the well for a bucket of water.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
Had a very squally night, and a very leaky boat, so as to keep two buckets constantly bailing.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
An old term for bucket.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The twist given by the German had set the bucket in motion.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
She lowered the bucket, but the cord broke and the pail fell to the bottom of the well.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
He shivered in the cold and kicked the coal bucket when the fire wouldn't burn.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various

In poetry:

In camp he was awkward, the sort of a man
That would upset a bucket or step in a pan.
He never took notice of what you was doin'.
He would ride up too close to a hoss you was shoein.'
"He Didn't Belong" by Bruce Kiskaddon
The drivers whirled their beasts about,
And beat them on with shoutings great;
The nosebags slipped, the feed flew out,
The water-buckets reeled, the rout
Went jostling onward to the gate.
"A Legend Of Christ's Nativity" by Duncan Campbell Scott
And this 'ere's the real hcadsman's block, Sir,
From this many 'eads fell with a thud -
Ee! To keep these 'ere stains fresh all these three hundred years
We've used buckets and buckets of blood.
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
But now that Christ's pure vail presents the sight,
I see no fears:
Thy hand is white,
Thy scales like buckets, which attend
And interchangeably descend,
Lifting to heaven from this well of tears.
"Justice (II)" by George Herbert
Each bucket of iron at the wells of the farmyards,
Each bucket and pulley, it creaks and it wails;
By cisterns of farmyards, the pulleys and pails
They creak and they cry,
The whole of sad death in their melancholy.
"The Wind" by Emile Verhaeren
Well, Ma was mighty glad to get that worry off her mind,
And hefting up the bucket so combustibly inclined,
She hurried down the garden to that refuge so discreet,
And dumped the liquid menace safely through the centre seat.
"The Three Bares" by Robert W Service

In news:

This is not a contest for the most bizarre bucket list.
No need for an ice bucket at this Quebec City hotel.
Barware, such as this Watchband ice bucket, is an integral part of Lauren Ralph Lauren tabletop collection.
The stage blood came from a white plastic bucket of Open Pit barbecue sauce.
Knicks' head coach Mike Woodson needs to find a way to inspire his team, as they're allowing too many easy buckets and losing key rebounds down the stretch.
Kittie Clason Webb watched her brother scoop bucket after bucket of windblown dirt from the roof of their home on the Plains.
The SoJO Morning Show wants you to check THIS off your bucket list.
SoJO 104.9 and Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City want to help you cross a hot air balloon ride off your bucket list.
SoJO 104.9 and Trump Taj Mahal wants you to check something off your bucket list.
Leading Edge Attachments offers the patented Multi- Ripper Bucket.
Leading Edge Attachments Multi- Ripper Bucket.
The Multi- Ripper Bucket on display at ConExpo-Con/Agg.
Leading Edge Attachments, Inc offers the patented Multi- Ripper Bucket that has been shown to replace hammers, blasting and rock trenchers, for a fraction of the cost.
Today's interesting findings include many bottles, aluminum cans, a car seat, a couple of buckets, tires and a lawn chair.
La Roux 's Bulletproof is a hot track to begin with- but once remixed by Discotech, HOLY BUCKETS.

In science:

The joint distribution of elastic buckets in multiway search trees.
Additive functionals on random search trees
Probabilistic analysis of bucket recursive trees.
Additive functionals on random search trees
To give an example: one such criterion supposes that an observer at the centre of the disc bolts a telescope to a water-bucket and then continually observes a light source fixed on the edge of the disc: the disc is judged to be rotating iff the water-surface is concave.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
We outline two different theoretical models for the preparation and collection of either single-mode or multi-mode PDC light (defined by, for instance, multi-mode fibers or apertures, corresponding to bucket detection).
Measurement of Coupling PDC photon sources with single-mode and multimode optical fibers
One uses a multimode spatial filter or a bucket detection system, while the second uses a single-mode fiber. A bucket detector is a multimode detector where all the modes are detected jointly.
Measurement of Coupling PDC photon sources with single-mode and multimode optical fibers
Barbour, J. and Pfister, H. 1995, Mach’s Principle: From Newton’s Bucket to Quantum Gravity.
A Sketch for a Quantum Theory of Gravitity
With the mixture of Ar with 3% CF4 , the time between the trigger and the arrival of the ionisation buckets on each time cluster was determined.
First tests of a Micromegas TPC in a magnetic field
Mahmoud, The joint distribution of elastic buckets in multiway search trees.
Congruence properties of depths in some random trees
We concentrate on the explanation and illustration of the key concept of bucket: its definition, formation and how it is used in generating the axial map.
AxialGen: A Research Prototype for Automatically Generating the Axial Map
Our solution can be justified by the notions of small scale and large scale spaces. Each axial line is a small scale space that is roughly represented by a bucket, and all those rays within the bucket are considered to be redundant and shall therefore be removed.
AxialGen: A Research Prototype for Automatically Generating the Axial Map
The key to the solution lies in partitioning large scale open space into numerous small scale spaces, each of which is represented by a bucket.
AxialGen: A Research Prototype for Automatically Generating the Axial Map
Section 3 concentrates on the key concept of bucket: its formation and how it is used in ray reduction. Section 4 describes in detail the functions implemented with AxialGen.
AxialGen: A Research Prototype for Automatically Generating the Axial Map
Bucket: A bucket is defined as a space surrounding an axial line or ray, and it can be seen entirely from the point of view of the axial line or the ray (Jiang and Liu 2009). It is in this sense that a bucket can be roughly considered to be a small scale space.
AxialGen: A Research Prototype for Automatically Generating the Axial Map
Given that open space is fully filled with numerous rays, buckets can help to get rid of redundant rays.
AxialGen: A Research Prototype for Automatically Generating the Axial Map
The reduction is done through the removal of rays within the bucket of another ray.
AxialGen: A Research Prototype for Automatically Generating the Axial Map