Definition of bucket noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbʌkɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌkɪt//
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  1. 1(North American English also pail) [countable] an open container with a handle, used for carrying or holding liquids, sand, etc. a plastic bucket (British English) They were playing on the beach with their buckets and spades.
  2. 2[countable] a large container that is part of a crane or digger and is used for lifting things
  3. 3(also bucketful
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌkɪtfʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌkɪtfʊl//
    (North American English also pail, pailful) [countable] the amount contained in a bucket two buckets/bucketfuls of water They used to drink tea by the bucket/bucketful(= in large quantities).
  4. 4buckets [plural] (informal) a large amount To succeed in show business, you need buckets of confidence. We wept buckets. He was sweating buckets by the end of the race. The rain was coming down in buckets (= it was raining very heavily).
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French buquet ‘tub, pail’, perhaps from Old English būc ‘belly, pitcher’.Extra examples She poured the bucket of dirty water down the drain. The children ran down to the beach with their buckets and spades. The cleaner put down his mop and bucket and sat down. The sand had spilt from the fire bucket. a bucket of oats for the horses a slop bucket full of scraps of food big buckets of popcorn and CokeIdioms
    a drop in the ocean (British English) (North American English a drop in the bucket)
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    an amount of something that is too small or unimportant to make any real difference to a situation The amount of money raised was a drop in the ocean compared to what we needed.
    (informal or humorous) to die