• 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

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