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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.]
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n., pl. -fuls.
a quantity sufficient to fill a pail.
usage: See -ful.
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