from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vessel for drawing up water from a well: often used in pairs, one ascending while the other descends. It is usually of wood, and barrel-shaped; in some parts of Europe copper vessels are used.


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  • I can't see how you could not notice that a well-bucket you use every day had been overtaken by a morning glory vine.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • By the time this cautious search is over, a stout ironbound bucket, precisely like a well-bucket, has been attached to one end of the whip; while the other end, being stretched across the deck, is there held by two or three alert hands.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • He drops the well-bucket down the stone-sided well, holding to the rope, letting the heavy oak and iron splinter the surface ice.

    The Magic Engineer

  • He took the well-bucket to get some water to drink - and lo and behold the pipe was in the bottom of the bucket!

    Five Have A Mystery To Solve

  • In front of the house the well-bucket, hanging high upon the sweep, seemed dropping gold into the depths beneath.

    Memories A Record of Personal Experience and Adventure During Four Years of War

  • Out of a single rock, separated into fragments, he built a cottage: it was a lonely spot, and the snakes from the fissures were in the habit of sharing the contents of his well-bucket.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Volume 11, No. 26, May, 1873

  • It worked almost like a well-bucket and was quite easy to manage.

    Marjorie's Vacation

  • Then ef it's groceries, ur milk, ur peddlers 'stuff, ur what not, you have to go to the dumb-waiter that fetches things up through a hole in the wall like a well-bucket an' take the things off.

    Northern Georgia sketches,

  • He's very good to me, and brings over shavings and kindling-wood, and made me a new well-bucket for nothing.

    The House Behind the Cedars

  • Mr. Craig says 't she can easy fish the tail up with the well-bucket, but fishin 'for suthin' 's you can't see ain't so funny as a woman's husband 's apt to make out.

    Susan Clegg and Her Friend Mrs. Lathrop


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