Definition of bunker in English:

bunker

noun

  • 1A large container or compartment for storing fuel.

    ‘a coal bunker’
    • ‘They had both suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest and their bodies were found between the side of the house and a fuel bunker.’
    • ‘The fuel bunkers built in the early 1980s by Yugoslavians are located on a former Iraqi air base where MiG pilots once trained.’
    • ‘The Gujarat border is marked by two enormous fuel bunkers, one on each side of the highway.’
    • ‘The house has a very private west-facing walled back garden which extends to about 100 feet and has a variety of flowering shrubs and plants, a glasshouse and three fuel bunkers.’
    • ‘Originally standing higher than the rest of the superstructure, this has now collapsed into the fuel bunkers below.’
    • ‘But then I really liked these collection of Coal Bunkers (though I'm not sure bunkers is the right word).’
    • ‘The three stations will have a minimum capacity of 5,000 liters, while the fuel bunker will have a capacity of some 20,000 liters.’
    • ‘Three vessels have been identified as options to take the fuel bunkers and 7700 ton cargo of gasoil and gasoline from the tanker which ran aground off the Dwesa Nature Reserve last Thursday.’
    • ‘When I approached, it flew into a tiny slot in one of the large cement fuel bunkers that we have on base.’
    • ‘It is essentially a 747 jet engine that is bolted down on a stand and requires its own storage bunker of fuel at Napier wharf to supply it.’
    manger, stall, trough, feeding trough, bin, box, rack, fodder rack, bunker
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  • 2A reinforced underground shelter, typically for use in wartime.

    • ‘Now, the Marines and Iraqi soldiers uncovered this elaborate series of bunkers with large stores of heavy weapons, including rockets and mortars, ammunition and supplies.’
    • ‘The Germans resist fiercely from bunkers, but the tanks systematically suppress enemy fire.’
    • ‘What makes exploring Berlin's bunkers so fascinating is that they were the bunkers of ordinary citizens, the millions of people who held no political ideology and just got caught in the middle.’
    • ‘We know the people who bombed the bunkers had a very interesting coincidence of being affected by that.’
    • ‘Hitler's henchmen were a troglodyte lot, burrowing deep beneath the capital during their 12 years of power to build bunkers and boltholes as refuges from the massive violence they seemed to know would one day engulf them.’
    • ‘During the 1798 Rebellion, weapons were stored in secret bunkers and in the 1970's members of the Provisional IRA used Gun Island as a hide out.’
    • ‘He said the photo contained ‘sure signs that the bunkers are storing chemical munitions,’ including a decontamination truck and special security.’
    • ‘Israeli soldiers in tanks and bunkers are all that separate the Palestinians from the settlers.’
    • ‘Vonnegut was a German prisoner of war in Dresden and in an underground bunker during the bombing.’
    • ‘Shielded devices could also be used in bunkers or tanks, to counteract chemical weapons.’
    • ‘It claimed that the five bunkers could easily store 150 weapons.’
    • ‘However, as long as Hitler had not been properly defeated and was still holding out in his bunker in Berlin, these disagreements were mostly successfully contained.’
    • ‘The low-flying aircraft is fitted with missiles to destroy tanks, runways and bunkers.’
    • ‘After lunch, both Hitler and Eva Hitler (as she wanted to be called) met his inner circle in the ante-room chamber of the bunker.’
    • ‘The army even employed a recoilless rifle designed to fire the same size of projectile as light fieldpieces to engage tanks, enemy bunkers, and lightly armored vehicles.’
    • ‘The nuclear weapons at this facility are stored in bunkers.’
    • ‘Major islands in the group remain heavily fortified with most soldiers hiding in underground concrete bunkers that snake for miles underneath the surface.’
    • ‘The United States is now considering developing a new generation of nuclear weapons, smart nukes which could be used to bust open bunkers and destroy weapons of mass destruction stockpiled by rogue states.’
    • ‘The spokesman said Pakistani troops destroyed at least four heavily built concrete bunkers and several small bunkers.’
    • ‘Not fully deployed, but also available are a further 10,000 warheads stored in bunkers around the United States.’
  • 3A hollow filled with sand, used as an obstacle on a golf course.

    • ‘It has high, wispy grass, deep bunkers and large greens, much like St Andrews.’
    • ‘The green is jealously guarded by numerous bunkers and a little creek that runs along the left side of the fairway before crossing just in front of the putting surface.’
    • ‘There are bunkers spread across the fairway on the par 4 10th, filling a wide-open void.’
    • ‘On either side, the baked earth is already being formed by shapers into greens and bunkers, and Lewis can barely contain his enthusiasm.’
    • ‘The new routing will bring back many of Adobe's fairway bunkers, all of which had been left to grow-in with grass, according to Richardson.’
    • ‘When Monty is on the tee, some guy in a black jump suit and mask tiptoes out and narrows the fairways, shrinks the cups and puts rattlesnakes in the bunkers.’
    • ‘I could see a trough bunker guarding the left side of the fairway, a horrible finishing spot for the more popular draw.’
    • ‘A couple of golfers did not fair so well as trees, bunkers, and other obstacles got in their way.’
    • ‘And to add further fuel to the fire, the fairway bunkers have been enlarged by 10% and they have added more trees down the left.’
    • ‘Sand bunkers are a growing concern for golf course superintendents, right along with the conditions of greens.’
    • ‘You can even bring your husband or boyfriend to caddy for you, provided you still have an Eastern Star caddy on the team to carry the bag and rake the bunkers.’
    • ‘The result of this is that the sand is not moved out of the bunker and therefore the ball will stay in the bunker too!’
    • ‘The new ‘Caddy’ system, which costs £249, can be clipped to a belt or golf bag and will provide exact read-outs of distances to bunkers, ponds and greens.’
    • ‘You've got three lethal bunkers off the tee and more up by the green for the lay-up.’
    • ‘Other recent projects include wall-to-wall cart paths, and new bunkers and tees.’
    • ‘You need lots of water for the greens, and a lot of money goes into maintaining all those strategically placed sand bunkers and water bodies.’
    • ‘Some players have trouble hitting the sand behind a ball in the bunker because they focus too much on the ball itself.’
    • ‘Parsinen unashamedly drew from the dunes of Cruden Bay, the greens of Royal Dornoch and the legendary humps, hollows and bunkers of the Old Course to fashion a links that is exacting, but fun to play.’
    • ‘Why are the bunkers in the middle of the rough?’
    • ‘Fear can come from a number of sources: a water hazard; a narrow fairway, a tight lie, the first tee, bunkers.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Fill the fuel containers of (a ship); refuel.

    • ‘The boat was fully provisioned and bunkered with fuel, food and water as per normal for a fishing trip which might last up to ten days.’
    • ‘The Chief Engineer was new to the ship and had not previously bunkered the ship.’
    • ‘Once he bet that while helping bunker a ship in the harbour he could dive and swim to shore.’
  • 2Golf
    (of a player) have one's ball lodged in a bunker.

    ‘he was bunkered at the fifth hole’
    • ‘But, while they both parred the 200-yard 13th, Westwood was bunkered once more.’
    • ‘When Murray was bunkered at the short 13th and missed from 6ft, O'Hara was suddenly in command with a three-hole lead.’
    • ‘He was bunkered in two, came out to nine feet, but missed again.’
    • ‘When Goosen was bunkered on the 14th and dropped another shot, the momentum he had found on the front nine had been arrested, and he had slipped from the lead into mere contention.’
    1. 2.1Hit (the ball) into a bunker.
      ‘he bunkered his second shot’
      • ‘Her rally faltered momentarily when she bunkered her second to lose the 12th to go two down again, but promptly birdied the long fifth with two big hits on to the green and the 14th after an approach shot to within seven feet of the flag.’
      • ‘Knowing he is on the verge of the Claret Jug, Levet sends his tee shot wide right, and then badly bunkers his second.’
      • ‘The average golfer can be intimidated when the ball is bunkered.’
      • ‘Clarke two-putted the long second for birdie, bunkered his approach to the next and failed to get up and down but took the lead when he sank birdie putts of eight and 20 feet at the fifth and sixth.’
      • ‘It was at the same hole that McGinley bunkered his approach in the BMW PGA Championship final round, the resultant bogey costing him that title.’
      • ‘Both were in the rough off the tee at the 483-yard par-four 17th, then O'Hern could not make the green and Poulter bunkered his second.’
      • ‘Reid, also playing for position off the tee, was down the middle, but his second was bunkered left of the green, from where he played a great sand save to a foot from the pin.’
      • ‘Now one up with two go, the 35th was halved in par fives, but Bjorn was safely on in two at the last and Curtis bunkered his second.’
      • ‘I noted Tebbutt usually gobbled up any chances, but one that got away came at the sixth, where she missed a winning metre-long par putt after Winter bunkered her second.’
      • ‘He bunkered his tee shot, exploded out to 10 feet, missed his par putt and then missed a tiddler.’
      • ‘They made 5 birdies and an eagle 3 at the 4th hole with the only mistake coming on the 8th hole where they both bunkered their second shots.’
      • ‘She reached the 8th in good order, but bunkered her tee shot.’
      • ‘But after birdies at the 13th, 15th and 16th drew him level, Kennedy bunkered his approach to the 18th and missed his par putt from six feet.’
      • ‘I bunkered my drive then fluffed my next shot, but then I rolled in a 25-foot putt for a par.’
    2. 2.2British informal Cause difficulties to; hinder the progress of.
      ‘he may find his new sporting pursuits bunkered by activities he hadn't planned on’
      • ‘Professional Mark Bradley today claimed that his dream of playing in the Open Championship at Muirfield was bunkered by an administrative error.’
      • ‘I felt this was a story on which I could become bunkered but Golf Club treasurer Kieran Lucas came to my rescue, confirming the win - news of which he had let drop to club members on Thursday.’
      • ‘Nor is it auspicious that he wants to distance himself from the sporting ambitions of Henry McLeish, his predecessor, which bunkered Scotland in the over-hyped 2010 Ryder Cup bid.’
  • 3[no object] Take refuge in a bunker or other shelter.

    ‘his family had bunkered down inside their home’
    ‘the former Governor has spent four days bunkered down at Government House’
    • ‘I can remember bunkering down in the library.’
    • ‘At first, we bunkered behind fallen tree trunks and heaved spear-like sticks until a birthday party ended in blood and stitches.’
    • ‘It's warm and friendly, but also a home in which an exile could easily bunker down in bitter isolation.’
    • ‘There is the occasional furtive movement from the militiamen bunkered down inside - watching you watching them.’
    • ‘We were too hammered to run anywhere, so we just bunkered down against the bank and laughed about it.’
    • ‘The party won massive leads in its segments, while its opponents' supporters bunkered down at home on election day.’
    • ‘The second half we probably sat back a little bit, but we bunkered in and held them off.’
    • ‘Unwilling to bunker down, the Australians absorbed some damage and deflected the rest.’
    • ‘The Germans were preparing to advance across Russia towards Stalingrad and were already bunkered down on the Normandy coast, staring across at England.’
    • ‘The White House is hunkered down, if not bunkered down.’
    • ‘When the time arrives to bunker down, when the insides are under threat from the outsides, here sit I, ears tweaked to the luminescence within.’
    • ‘Experts said it was unlikely he would have left the country, opting instead to try and bunker down and consolidate his position for the winter.’
    • ‘She plans to bunker down in Montreal for a serious stretch of time, reading and thinking and seeing what comes.’
    • ‘One of the great things about the football team - the Canterbury football team - is that they really bunker down under pressure.’
    • ‘If you stay home, bunker down and enjoy.’
    • ‘Bunker down in your burrow.’
    • ‘He is, of course, well prepared, bunkered down in the Treasury with all his billions.’
    • ‘The former Governor has spent four days bunkered down at Government House, with the nation's media camped at the gates.’
    • ‘And you can't bunker down in your house for this amount of time.’
    • ‘I need to bunker down this weekend and get a big chunk done.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (originally Scots, denoting a seat or bench): perhaps related to bunk.

Pronunciation:

bunker

/ˈbʌŋkə/