This article is about the physical container. For other uses, see Bucket (disambiguation).
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A bucket or pail is typically a watertight, vertical cylinder or truncated cone, with an open top and a flat bottom, attached to a semicircular carrying handle called the bail.[1][2]


Building materials and solvents have been packaged in large metal pails, but in recent decades plastic buckets have been greatly favored. Plastic buckets have more uses due to the popularity of plastic for food products and the tendency of metal pails to rust.

Types and uses

There are many types of buckets;

Shipping containers

Main article: pail (container)

As a shipping container, the word "pail" is a technical term for a bucket shaped package with a sealed top or lid which is used as a shipping container for chemicals and industrial products.[3]

English literature

The bucket has been used in many phrases and idioms in the English language.[4]

See also


  1. "Bucket". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  2. Flexner, Stuart; Hauck, :epmpre, eds. (1993) [1987]. Random House Unabridged Dictionary p (hardcover) (second ed.). New York: Random House. p. 271. ISBN 0-679-42917-4.
  3. Soroka, W. Illustrated Glossary of Packaging Terminology (Second ed.). Institute of Packaging Professionals.
  1. Earth Day 2008 article, Fredericksburg, VA, Free Lance-Star Newspaper
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