1. a deep, cylindrical vessel, usually of metal, plastic, or wood, with a flat bottom and a semicircular bail, for collecting, carrying, or holding water, sand, fruit, etc.; pail.
2. anything resembling or suggesting this.
3. Machinery. any of the scoops attached to or forming the endless chain in certain types of conveyors or elevators. the scoop or clamshell of a steam shovel, power shovel, or dredge. a vane or blade of a waterwheel, paddle wheel, water turbine, or the like.
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