from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A watertight cylindrical vessel, open at the top and fitted with a handle; a bucket.
- n. The amount that a pail can hold.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A vessel of wood, tin, plastic, etc., usually cylindrical and having a handle -- used especially for carrying liquids, for example water or milk; a bucket (sometimes with a cover).
- n. A closed (covered) cylindrical shipping container.
- n. A company of wasps.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel of wood (staves) or sheet-metal (usually tin), nearly or quite cylindrical, with a hooped handle or bail, used for carrying water, milk, or other liquids.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a roughly cylindrical vessel that is open at the top
- n. the quantity contained in a pail
Middle English paile, probably from Old French paele, warming pan, perhaps from Latin patella, small pan; see paella.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English payle 'wooden container', from Old English pæġel 'wine vessel, container for liquids, pail; liquid measure', from Proto-Germanic *pagilaz 'peg, rake' (compare Middle Dutch/Middle Low German pegel 'half pint', Danish pægl 'id.'), diminutive of *pag-. More at peg. (Wiktionary)