Definition of bunker in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəNGkər/


1A large container or compartment for storing fuel: a coal bunker
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  • The Gujarat border is marked by two enormous fuel bunkers, one on each side of the highway.
  • The three stations will have a minimum capacity of 5,000 liters, while the fuel bunker will have a capacity of some 20,000 liters.
  • Three vessels have been identified as options to take the fuel bunkers and 7700 ton cargo of gasoil and gasoline from the tanker which ran aground off the Dwesa Nature Reserve last Thursday.
1.1 (bunkers) Fuel for a ship.
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  • An 8-in. line also supplies bunkers for ships on the sea islands.
  • The bunkers for ships will get used irrespective of price.
  • In addition, this covers the cost of bunkers, port charges, stevedoring costs and any other costs.
2A reinforced underground shelter, typically for use in wartime.
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  • Major islands in the group remain heavily fortified with most soldiers hiding in underground concrete bunkers that snake for miles underneath the surface.
  • Vonnegut was a German prisoner of war in Dresden and in an underground bunker during the bombing.
  • During the 1798 Rebellion, weapons were stored in secret bunkers and in the 1970's members of the Provisional IRA used Gun Island as a hide out.
3A hollow filled with sand, used as an obstacle on a golf course.
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  • Sand bunkers are a growing concern for golf course superintendents, right along with the conditions of greens.
  • Some players have trouble hitting the sand behind a ball in the bunker because they focus too much on the ball itself.
  • Fear can come from a number of sources: a water hazard; a narrow fairway, a tight lie, the first tee, bunkers.


[with object]
1Fuel (a ship).
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  • The boat was fully provisioned and bunkered with fuel, food and water as per normal for a fishing trip which might last up to ten days.
  • The Chief Engineer was new to the ship and had not previously bunkered the ship.
  • Once he bet that while helping bunker a ship in the harbour he could dive and swim to shore.
2 (be bunkered) Golf (Of a player) have one’s ball lodged in a bunker: he was bunkered at the fifth hole
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  • When Murray was bunkered at the short 13th and missed from 6ft, O'Hara was suddenly in command with a three-hole lead.
  • He was bunkered in two, came out to nine feet, but missed again.
  • But, while they both parred the 200-yard 13th, Westwood was bunkered once more.
2.1Hit (the ball) into a bunker: he bunkered his second shot
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  • The average golfer can be intimidated when the ball is bunkered.
  • They made 5 birdies and an eagle 3 at the 4th hole with the only mistake coming on the 8th hole where they both bunkered their second shots.
  • Clarke two-putted the long second for birdie, bunkered his approach to the next and failed to get up and down but took the lead when he sank birdie putts of eight and 20 feet at the fifth and sixth.
3 [no object] Take refuge in a bunker or other shelter: his family had bunkered down inside their home
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  • He is, of course, well prepared, bunkered down in the Treasury with all his billions.
  • The former Governor has spent four days bunkered down at Government House, with the nation's media camped at the gates.
  • It's warm and friendly, but also a home in which an exile could easily bunker down in bitter isolation.


Mid 16th century (originally Scots, denoting a seat or bench): perhaps related to bunk1.

Words that rhyme with bunker

hunker, lunker, punkah, spelunker

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Syllabification: bun·ker

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