Definitions

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  • n. An amount that would fill a pail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quantity that a pail will hold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quantity that a pail will hold.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quantity contained in a pail

Etymologies

pail + -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "And look what she calls a pailful of water!" added the mother, with a second blow.

    Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales

  • But when we delivered the water Jed had only one pailful.

    Chapter 13

  • I was going to have a brother-in-law who was as dumb as a pailful of earthworms.

    Belle

  • Paul de la Montaigne is as dumb as a pailful of earthworms.

    Belle

  • We used to sneak over there and steal nuts by the pailful when I was in school.

    The Wayward Muse

  • Far out in the country beyond the woods, beyond the world, really, lived Old Mam, and she had lived there for ninety years with the door locked tight, not opening for anyone, be it wind, rain, sparrow tapping or little boy with a pailful of crayfish rapping.

    2007 January | Scary For Kids

  • We passed by canals seeming so full that a pailful of water more would overflow the place.

    Roundabout Papers

  • Add ½ cup borax to the diaper pailful of warm water.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • I had dug out the spring and made a well of clear gray water, where I could dip up a pailful without roiling it, and thither I went for this purpose almost every day in midsummer, when the pond was warmest.

    Walden

  • In the warmest weather I usually placed a pailful in my cellar, where it became cool in the night, and remained so during the day; though I also resorted to a spring in the neighborhood.

    Walden

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