AskDefine | Define pail

Dictionary Definition



1 a roughly cylindrical that is vessel open at the top [syn: bucket]
2 the quantity contained in a pail [syn: pailful]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. A vessel of wood or tin, etc., usually cylindrical and having a bail, -- used esp. for carrying liquids, as water or milk, etc.; a bucket.
    It may, or may not, have a cover. --Shak.
  2. A company of wasps.



company of wasps
  • Finnish: parvi

Extensive Definition

A bucket, also called a pail, is a watertight, vertical cylinder or truncated cone, with an open top and a flat bottom, usually attached to a semicircular carrying handle called the bail. Buckets have been used since very ancient times, mainly for transporting water from a fountain or well into permanent reservoirs such as water holes and barrels. Buckets are also used to carry paint, sand and foodstuffs. There was once a rhyme written about a bucket, It consisted of key elements involving Jack and Jill, They had a pail. Buckets can also be used on farms, to give feed to animals such as horses or cows, or to collect things such as apples or pears.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that infants and toddlers can drown in 5-gallon buckets.
pail in Catalan: Galleda
pail in Czech: Vědro
pail in Pennsylvania German: Eemer
pail in German: Eimer (Behälter)
pail in Spanish: Cubo (recipiente)
pail in Esperanto: Sitelo
pail in French: Seau
pail in Scottish Gaelic: Peile
pail in Hindi: बाल्टी
pail in Indonesian: Ember
pail in Italian: Secchio
pail in Luxembourgish: Eemer
pail in Dutch: Emmer
pail in Japanese: バケツ
pail in Norwegian: Bøtte
pail in Polish: Wiadro
pail in Portuguese: Balde
pail in Romanian: Găleată
pail in Russian: Ведро (ёмкость)
pail in Simple English: Bucket
pail in Finnish: Ämpäri
pail in Swedish: Hink
pail in Tajik: Сатил
pail in Võro: Pang
pail in Vlaams: Seule
pail in Samogitian: Viedras
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