Some people keep a head in a bucket. Some people put dirt in a bucket.
Some people bang on a bucket.
Some people fetch water in a bucket.
But those people call it a pail.

Buck"et (?), n. slang


General Electric shop slang for one of the many blades on a power generation turbine.

Of all the shop slang at my place of employment, bucket was one term i just couldn't seem to wrap my head around. Why in the hell would anyone refer to the blades on a power generation turbine as a "bucket"? Outer setback face, inner web, angel wing, vertical clearance lift check, diaphragm partition - all of this i understood with little or no help. But bucket?

i puzzled about that until my puzzler was sore, so i finally asked my boss. He paused for a moment, cleared his throat and said,

"GE makes impulse turbines. The individual blades have a deeper curved profile than the blades on reaction turbines."

FYI, Westinghouse makes reaction turbines. They refer to the blades as "blades".

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Buck"et (&?;), n. [OE. boket; cf. AS. buc pitcher, or Corn. buket tub.]


A vessel for drawing up water from a well, or for catching, holding, or carrying water, sap, or other liquids.

The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,
The moss-covered bucket, which hung in the well.


A vessel (as a tub or scoop) for hoisting and conveying coal, ore, grain, etc.

3. (Mach.)

One of the receptacles on the rim of a water wheel into which the water rushes, causing the wheel to revolve; also, a float of a paddle wheel.


The valved piston of a lifting pump.

Fire bucket, a bucket for carrying water to put out fires. --
To kick the bucket, to die. [Low]


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Buck"et (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bucketed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Bucketing.]


To draw or lift in, or as if in, buckets; as, to bucket water.


To pour over from a bucket; to drench.


To ride (a horse) hard or mercilessly.

4. (Rowing)

To make, or cause to make (the recovery), with a certain hurried or unskillful forward swing of the body. [Eng.]


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