A bucket is a type of container that is usually cylindrical in shape and made from plastic, metal or wood. It has a flat base, an open top and a handle. A bucket can be used for transporting and carrying objects or substances, such as water or sand.
Since a bucket has a standard shape, the word can be used to describe any object that resembles these dimensions. The word "bucketful" describes an amount of any substance that may be carried inside a bucket, such as "a bucketful of water." According to Dictionary.com, the word "pail" is more commonly used for this object in northern American states.