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1. A watertight cylindrical vessel, open at the top and fitted with a handle; a bucket.
2. The amount that a pail can hold.

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

pail′ful′ n.



n., pl. -fuls.
a quantity sufficient to fill a pail.
usage: See -ful.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pailful - the quantity contained in a pail
containerful - the quantity that a container will hold


[ˈpeɪlfʊl] Ncubo m, contenido m de un cubo


nEimer m
References in classic literature ?
Then he gave me a pailful of water to drink; it was cold and very good, and I drank it all; then he gave me some hay and some corn, and thinking he had done right, he went away.
Tod fetched a large heavy pailful of water from the spring, and staggered with it through the kitchen into his bedroom.
Poyser loved, and at this hour on mild days she was usually standing at the house door, with her knitting in her hands, in quiet contemplation, only heightened to a keener interest when the vicious yellow cow, who had once kicked over a pailful of precious milk, was about to undergo the preventive punishment of having her hinder-legs strapped.
Each pailful was poured into tall cans that stood in a large spring-waggon which had been brought upon the scene; and when they were milked the cows trailed away.
In the warmest weather I usually placed a pailful in my cellar, where it became cool in the night, and remained so during the day; though I also resorted to a spring in the neighborhood.
The head disappeared with a bang, and a heavy splash and patter of drops swept past the closed door as if a pailful of melted lead had been flung against the house.