American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small pool of water, especially rainwater.
- n. A small pool of a liquid.
- n. A tempered paste of wet clay and sand that serves as waterproofing when dry.
- v. To make muddy.
- v. To work (clay or sand) into a thick watertight paste.
- v. To process (impure metal) by puddling.
- v. To splash or dabble in or as if in a pool of liquid.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small pool of water, especially of dirty rain-water; a muddy plash.
- n. Clay to which a little water has been added and which has then been tempered, so as to make it homogeneous and increase its plasticity. It is used in a great variety of ways when a watertight stopping is required. It is also called puddling.
- To make foul or muddy; stir up the mud or sediment in; hence, to befoul in a figurative sense.
- To work puddle into; render water-tight by means of puddle. See puddle, n., 2.
- To convert (pig-iron) into wrought-iron by stirring while subjected to intense heat, in order to expel the oxygen and carbon. See puddling, n., 2.
- To make a stir, as in a pool.
- n. A pudgy, ill-shaped, awkward person.
- n. A mixture of soil or mold and water forming thin mud, in which the roots of young trees are dipped to retard drying out during transplanting.
- To dip (the roots of young trees) in puddle or thin mud.
- n. A small pool of water, usually on a path or road.
- n. now dialectal Stagnant or polluted water.
- n. A homogeneous mixture of clay, water, and sometimes grit, used to line a canal or pond to make it watertight.
- v. To form a puddle.
- v. To play or splash in a puddle.
- v. To process iron by means of puddling.
- v. To line a canal with puddle (clay).
- v. To collect ideas, especially abstract concepts, into rough subtopics or categories, as in study, research or conversation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small quantity of dirty standing water; a muddy plash; a small pool.
- n. Clay, or a mixture of clay and sand, kneaded or worked, when wet, to render it impervious to water.
- v. To make foul or muddy; to pollute with dirt; to mix dirt with (water).
- v. To make dense or close, as clay or loam, by working when wet, so as to render impervious to water.
- v. To make impervious to liquids by means of puddle; to apply puddle to.
- v. To subject to the process of puddling, as iron, so as to convert it from the condition of cast iron to that of wrought iron.
- v. obsolete To make a dirty stir.
- v. subject to puddling or form by puddling
- v. wade or dabble in a puddle
- n. a mixture of wet clay and sand that can be used to line a pond and that is impervious to water when dry
- v. work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
- v. dip into mud before planting
- v. make a puddle by splashing water
- v. eliminate urine
- v. mess around, as in a liquid or paste
- n. something resembling a pool of liquid
- n. a small body of standing water (rainwater) or other liquid
- v. make into a puddle
- v. mix up or confuse
- Middle English podel, diminutive of Old English pudd 'ditch', from Proto-Germanic *puddo (compare Low German Pudel 'puddle'). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English podel, diminutive of Old English pudd, ditch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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