bunkering

bunker

[buhng-ker]
noun
1.
a large bin or receptacle; a fixed chest or box: a coal bunker.
2.
a fortification set mostly below the surface of the ground with overhead protection provided by logs and earth or by concrete and fitted with openings through which guns may be fired.
3.
Golf. any obstacle, as a sand trap or mound of dirt, constituting a hazard.
verb (used with object)
4.
Nautical.
a.
to provide fuel for (a vessel).
b.
to convey (bulk cargo except grain) from a vessel to an adjacent storehouse.
5.
Golf. to hit (a ball) into a bunker.
6.
to equip with or as if with bunkers: to bunker an army's defenses.

Origin:
1750–60; earlier bonkar (Scots) box, chest, serving also as a seat, of obscure origin

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bunker (ˈbʌŋkə)
 
n
1.  a large storage container or tank, as for coal
2.  Also called (esp US and Canadian): sand trap an obstacle on a golf course, usually a sand-filled hollow bordered by a ridge
3.  an underground shelter, often of reinforced concrete and with a bank and embrasures for guns above ground
 
vb
4.  (tr) golf
 a.  to drive (the ball) into a bunker
 b.  (passive) to have one's ball trapped in a bunker
5.  (tr) nautical
 a.  to fuel (a ship)
 b.  to transfer (cargo) from a ship to a storehouse
 
[C16 (in the sense: chest, box): from Scottish bonkar, of unknown origin]

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bunker
1758, from Scottish, "seat, bench," possibly a variant of banker "bench" (1670s; see bunk (1)). Of golf courses, first recorded 1824; meaning "dug-out fortification" is probably from World War I.
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