World English Dictionary
bucket (ˈbʌkɪt)
1.  an open-topped roughly cylindrical container; pail
2.  Also called: bucketful the amount a bucket will hold
3.  any of various bucket-like parts of a machine, such as the scoop on a mechanical shovel
4.  a cupped blade or bucket-like compartment on the outer circumference of a water wheel, paddle wheel, etc
5.  computing a unit of storage on a direct-access device from which data can be retrieved
6.  chiefly (US) a turbine rotor blade
7.  (Austral), (NZ) an ice cream container
8.  slang kick the bucket to die
vb (often foll by down) (often foll by along) , -kets, -keting, -keted
9.  (tr) to carry in or put into a bucket
10.  (of rain) to fall very heavily: it bucketed all day
11.  chiefly (Brit) to travel or drive fast
12.  chiefly (Brit) (tr) to ride (a horse) hard without consideration
13.  slang (Austral) (tr) to criticize severely
[C13: from Anglo-French buket, from Old English būc; compare Old High German būh belly, German Bauch belly]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., from Anglo-Norm. buquet "bucket, pail," influenced by or dim. of O.E. buc "pitcher, bulging vessel," originally "belly" (buckets were formerly of leather as well as wood), from P.Gmc. *bukaz, from PIE root *bhou-, variant of base *bheu- "to grow, swell." Kick the bucket (1785) perhaps is from
unrelated O.Fr. buquet "balance," a beam from which slaughtered animals were hung; perhaps reinforced by the notion of suicide by hanging.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Cultural Dictionary

kick the bucket definition

To die: “Scarcely anyone was sorry when the old tyrant finally kicked the bucket.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang Dictionary

bucket definition

  1. n.
    the goal (hoop and net) in basketball. (Sports.) : Freddy arced one at the bucket and missed.
  2. n.
    a hoop or basket in basketball. (Sports.) : Four buckets in two minutes. Is that a record, or what?
  3. n.
    the buttocks. (See also can.) : Sam's getting a real fat bucket, isn't he?
  4. n.
    an old car. (From bucket of bolts.) : How much did you pay for that old bucket?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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kick the bucket definition

  1. tv.
    to die. : I'm too young to kick the bucket!
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Bible Dictionary

Bucket definition

a vessel to draw water with (Isa. 40:15); used figuratively, probably, of a numerous issue (Num. 24:7).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms & Phrases

kick the bucket

Die, as in All of my goldfish kicked the bucket while we were on vacation. This moderately impolite usage has a disputed origin. Some say it refers to committing suicide by hanging, in which one stands on a bucket, fastens a rope around one's neck, and kicks the bucket away. A more likely origin is the use of bucket in the sense of "a beam from which something may be suspended" because pigs were suspended by their heels from such beams after being slaughtered, the term kick the bucket came to mean "to die." [Colloquial; late 1700s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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