a. A bin or tank especially for fuel storage, as on a ship.
b. often bunkers Fuel, such as coal or fuel oil, used especially in ships.
2. An underground fortification, often with a concrete projection above ground level for observation or gun emplacements.
3. Sports See sand trap.
tr.v. bun·kered, bun·ker·ing, bun·kers
1. To store or place (fuel) in a bunker.
2. Sports To hit (a golf ball) into a sand trap.
[Scots bonker, chest, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]
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