from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Purification of impure metal, especially pig iron, by heating and stirring in an oxidizing atmosphere.
- n. Compaction of wet material, such as clay, in order to make a watertight paste.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The action of making a puddle.
- n. The process of working clay, loam, pulverized ore, etc., with water, to render it compact, or impervious to liquids.
- n. The act of lining a canal with puddle to make it watertight.
- n. The first true industrial process to produce steel from pig iron.
- n. A group of mallards (ducks).
- v. Present participle of puddle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The process of working clay, loam, pulverized ore, etc., with water, to render it compact, or impervious to liquids; also, the process of rendering anything impervious to liquids by means of puddled material.
- n. Puddle. See puddle, n., 2.
- n. The art or process of converting cast iron into wrought iron or steel by subjecting it to intense heat and frequent stirring in a reverberatory furnace in the presence of oxidizing substances, by which it is freed from a portion of its carbon and other impurities.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In hydraul, engin., the operation of working plastic clay behind piling in a cofferdam, the lining of a canal, or in other situation, to prevent the penetration of water; also, the clay or other material used in this operation.
- n. The operation of transforming pig-iron into wrought-iron in a reverberatory furnace.
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