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
For a while clip clip clip and the sound of grapes hitting the bottom of the pail is all that is heard.
Conan took a skin pail and brought water from the oasis so she could clean herself.
One robe each was kept, one ax, one tin pail, and a scant supply of bacon and flour.
Water was carried by pail from the creek for cooking, washing, and doing dishes.
Joshi told us a charming story of Lovecraft hosting a coffee klatch for his fellow writers in New York and bringing the coffee in by the pail from the local deli.
While I sat there on an old tin pail which I had turned up for this purpose, two German officers came in, whistling.
They tell of a fastidious lady who carried a small tin pail of water to the cook tent and addressed the cook nervously as he beat the morning flapjacks with a savage hand.
Out in the courtyard there are a number of water taps for filling troughs, and to each of the candidates for liberty a small pail is given, and they are told to drain out the troughs, the taps running full force.
The women still carry the water in a pail from a pump outside, wash the dishes on the kitchen table, and carry the water out again in a pail; although out in the barn the water is pumped by a windmill, or a gasoline engine.
There's that tin pail – we don't want it for anything – won't you.