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buck·et  audio  (bkt) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. A cylindrical vessel used for holding or carrying liquids or solids; a pail.
    2. The amount that a bucket can hold: One bucket of paint will be enough for the ceiling.
  1. A unit of dry measure in the U.S. Customary System equal to 2 pecks (17.6 liters). See Table at measurement.
  2. A receptacle on various machines, such as the scoop of a power shovel or the compartments on a water wheel, used to gather and convey material.
  3. Basketball A basket.
VERB:
buck·et·ed, buck·et·ing, buck·ets
VERB:
tr.
  1. To hold, carry, or put in a bucket: bucket up water from a well.
  2. To ride (a horse) long and hard.
VERB:
intr.
  1. To move or proceed rapidly and jerkily: bucketing over the unpaved lane.
  2. To make haste; hustle.

IDIOM:
a drop in the bucket
An insufficient or inconsequential amount in comparison with what is required.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French buket, of Germanic origin


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