from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bin or tank especially for fuel storage, as on a ship.
  • n. Fuel, such as coal or fuel oil, used especially in ships. Often used in the plural.
  • n. An underground fortification, often with a concrete projection above ground level for observation or gun emplacements.
  • n. Sports A sand trap serving as an obstacle on a golf course.
  • transitive v. To store or place (fuel) in a bunker.
  • transitive v. Sports To hit (a golf ball) into a bunker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hardened shelter, often buried partly or fully underground, designed to protect the inhabitants from falling bombs or other attacks.
  • n. A large container or bin for storing coal, often built outside in the yard of a house. Now rare, as different types of fuels and energy sources are being used.
  • n. A container for storing coal or fuel oil for a ship's engine.
  • n. A sand-filled hollow on a golf course.
  • n. An obstacle used to block an opposing player's view and field of fire.
  • n. A sort of chest or box, as in a window, the lid of which serves for a seat.
  • v. To load a vessel with oil or coal for the engine.
  • v. To hit a golfball into a bunker.
  • v. To fire constantly at a hiding opponent, preventing them from firing at other players and trapping them behind the barrier. This can also refer to eliminating an opponent behind cover by rushing the position and firing at extremely close range as the player becomes exposed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sort of chest or box, as in a window, the lid of which serves for a seat.
  • n. A large bin or similar receptacle.
  • n. A small sand hole or pit, as on a golf course.
  • n. Hence, any rough hazardous ground on the links; also, an artificial hazard with built-up faces.
  • n. A fortified position dug into the ground, especially one which is closed on top and has protective walls and roof, e. g. of reinforced concrete. For defending positions it usually has windows to view the surrounding terrain, but as a safe location for planning operations or storage, a bunker may be completely underground with no direct access to the surface.
  • transitive v. To drive (the ball) into a bunker.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, to load (coal) into a steamer's bunkers for its own use as distinguished from loading it as cargo.
  • In golf, to place (a ball) in play in a difficult position, from which it must be played out; to strike (a ball) into a bunker: said also of the player whose ball is so placed.
  • n. A bench or sort of chest that serves for a seat.
  • n. A sort of fixed chest or box; a large bin or receptacle: as, a coal-bunker (which see).
  • n. In the game of golf, a sand-hole anywhere on the grounds.
  • n. A menhaden.
  • n. plural The coal carried in bunkers for consumption on board ship. See coal-bunker.

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

  • n. a hazard on a golf course
  • v. fill (a ship's bunker) with coal or oil
  • n. a fortification of earth; mostly or entirely below ground
  • v. hit a golf ball into a bunker
  • v. transfer cargo from a ship to a warehouse
  • n. a large container for storing fuel


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Scots bonker, chest, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.


  • Home for her, then as now, was the town-within-a-town of the Bunker Hill Projects, a brick maze of boxy welfare apartments whose architects had taken the word bunker to heart.

    The Town

  • And I think, by now, just about everyone in the United States and around the world has heard the term bunker busters.

    CNN Transcript Mar 20, 2003

  • For some reason or another, the platoon less than twenty men at that time, when they fell back in the company area, what we call the bunker, they went to the right, as you look westward toward the sea.

    Into the Rising Sun

  • CNN's Nic Robertson reports two large explosions were heard that sounded like what he described as bunker buster type bombs and a third explosion he says only in the past few minutes has been heard as well.

    CNN Transcript Jul 18, 2006

  • The Israeli military now confirming to CNN that Israeli airstrikes right now have targeted and actually hit what they describe as a bunker which they suspect include some high-ranking members of Hezbollah.

    CNN Transcript Jul 19, 2006

  • A number of RPG gunners established in what we call bunker systems.

    CNN Transcript May 23, 2004

  • A number of RPG gunners established what we call bunker systems.

    CNN Transcript May 23, 2004

  • Designed by the creative folks at RB Arkitektur as a German bunker from the Second World War, Villa UH1 is actually a minimalist home with contemporary accents.

    Villa UH1 in Sweden

  • The bunker is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, but requires advanced reservations.

    Rebecca Taylor: Los Angeles and Berlin: Sister Cities

  • Of course the Bush bunker is going to attack McClellen.

    Bartlett rips McClellan, calls allegation 'total crap'


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  • Short for mossbunker.

    January 26, 2009

  • Amazing.

    January 3, 2008

  • Pics here.

    January 3, 2008

  • Wow. Wonder what they'll call these things (since I'll have to add it to my Out to Sea list). :-)

    January 3, 2008

  • "ONE of the first large cargo ships in 100 years to cross the Atlantic Ocean with the help of the wind will set off from Europe this month on a voyage that is due to make maritime history.

    When the 10,000-tonne Beluga SkySail is well clear of land, it will launch a giant kite, which wind tunnel tests and sea trials suggest will tug it along and save 10-15% of the heavy fuel oil it would normally burn. If the journey from Bremen in Germany to Venezuela and back is successful, it could become common to see some of the largest ships in the world towed by kites the size of soccer fields.

    'This is a serious attempt to reduce bunker (fuel) costs and polluting emissions,' said Christine Bornkessel, a spokeswoman for the Bremen-based Beluga shipping line, which has 52 merchant vessels."

    - 'Green shipping blowing in the wind', John Vidal, 3 Jan 2008.

    January 3, 2008