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


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

Middle English paile, probably from Old French paele, warming pan, perhaps from Latin patella, small pan; see paella.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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