- 1A roughly cylindrical open container with a handle, made of metal or plastic and used to hold and carry liquids: a bucket and spade an ice bucketMore example sentences
- Sections of bamboo or plastic buckets are used to carry water from nearby streams for cooking and washing.
- He still dumps the milk in buckets and carries the buckets to the milk tank.
- The beans are poured from the buckets into smaller metal bins, and pickers are paid based on the number of bins they fill.
- 1.1The contents of a bucket or the amount it can contain: she emptied a bucket of water over themMore example sentences
- If they answer ‘incorrectly,’ they get drenched by the bucket of water suspended from a stepladder above them.
- One shot captures him pouring a bucket of money over his head.
- Later, the bucket of soothing buttermilk was delivered.
- 1.2 (buckets) • informal Large quantities of something, especially liquid: I wept bucketsMore example sentences
- I've lost gallons of sweat and buckets of blood all for you.
- Despite the heavens opening and depositing buckets of rain a few times this weekend, the festival has been hugely successful.
- The company has lost buckets of money over the last year or so, and was forced to implement a survival plan, the most notable element of which was a £22m rights issue.
- 1.3A compartment on the outer edge of a waterwheel: the Laxey wheel had 168 buckets, each holding 24 gallonsMore example sentences
- Too much water will make the buckets unstable and they may tip over.
- A wooden or metal wheel with paddles or buckets of some kind are attached to the outside so that when set in a watercourse it will rotate as a result of pressure from the movement of the water.
- Water pours into the top bucket at a steady rate and gives the system energy while water leaks out of each bucket at a steady rate and removes energy from the system.
- 1.4The scoop of a dredger or grain elevator: as the chain turns the buckets bite into the canal bed and scoop out the mudMore example sentences
- As the belt with the buckets was lowered into the hold of a ship, the buckets would scoop up the grain and hoist it up into the structure where it was dropped into tall bins.
- He then placed the buckets closer together and was then able to achieve 1800 or 2000 bushels an hour.
- The grain would be lifted up in buckets attached to a conveyor belt to the top of the elevator and then distributed into storage bins by a movable spout.
- 1.5A scoop attached to the front of a loader, digger, or tractor.More example sentences
- This company also makes use of quick couplers on its loaders, so the bucket can quickly be attached or removed from the loader.
- His arm was crushed by a large bucket on a digger.
- So he called his dad who brought up the tractor, and he got into the digger bucket and they maneuvered it up high into the tree and rescued her.
- 2 Computing A unit of data that can be transferred from a backing store in a single operation.More example sentences
- These caches can be thought of as simple hardware hash tables with fixed size buckets and no chaining, as shown in Figure 1.
- This selects buckets for redistributing data between nodes in a parallel database in the incremental mode.
- However, it begins to fall apart if presentational elements do not fall easily into the predetermined buckets for each archetype.
verb (buckets, bucketing, bucketed)[no object] Back to top
- 1 (it buckets down, it is bucketing down, etc.) British • informal Rain heavily: it was still bucketing downMore example sentences
- Unfortunately we had reckoned without the Texas weather, which decided to bucket down with rain all morning.
- Its been bucketing it down in these parts for the last few days.
- The rain was bucketing down hard and showed no sign of letting up.
- 2 [with adverbial of direction] • informal (Of a vehicle) move quickly and jerkily: the car came bucketing out of a side roadMore example sentences
- The Cuban driver swung out of town, and the bus bucketed along the narrow muddy road.
- So I held on to the string, and the whistle continued and the little train bucketed along like a mad thing till I was told to let go.
- In the far off distance, a single vehicle was bucketing along the road, a brown cloud of dust boiling up behind it.
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- It teeters on the cusp of the Mediterranean, offering endless vistas of blue-green sea, bucketfuls of fresh air, and crumbling, salty buildings of the old town that still manage to retain their elegance.
- They are also rich in cockles and for generations local people have gathered small bucketfuls of the shellfish to eat.
- Everybody knows they are there and I went down with a small net the other day and came back with three bucketfuls.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French buquet 'tub, pail', perhaps from Old English būc 'belly, pitcher'.