Types and uses
There are many types of buckets;
- A water bucket is used to carry water
- Household and garden buckets are used for carrying liquids and granular products
- Elaborate ceremonial or ritual buckets in bronze, ivory or other materials are found in several ancient or medieval cultures and are sometimes known by the Latin for bucket, situla
- Large scoops or buckets are attached to loaders and telehandlers for agricultural and earth-moving purposes
- Crusher buckets attached to excavators are used for crushing and recycling material in the Construction Industry
- A lunch box is sometimes called a lunch pail, or a lunch bucket.
- Buckets can be re-purposed as seats, tool caddies, hydroponic gardens, chamber pots, "street" drums, or livestock feeders, or for long term food storage by survivalists
- Buckets are often used as children's toys to shape and carry sand on a beach or in a sandpit
Roman bronze situla from Germany, 2nd-3rd century
A young lady carrying a bucket, drawing by German artist Heinrich Zille.
An excavator bucket.
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The bucket has been used in many phrases and idioms in the English language.
- Kick the bucket: a derogatory term for someone's death
- Drop the bucket on: implicating a person (Australian slang)
- A drop in the bucket: a small, inadequate amount in relation to how much is requested or asked
- Bucket list: a list of activities an individual wishes to undertake before death
Unit of measurement
As an obsolete unit of measurement, at least one source documents a bucket as being equivalent to 4 imperial gallons.
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