from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A doughlike cement made by mixing whiting and linseed oil, used to fill holes in woodwork and secure panes of glass.
  • n. A substance with a similar consistency or function.
  • n. A fine lime cement used as a finishing coat on plaster.
  • n. A yellowish or light brownish gray to grayish yellow or light grayish brown.
  • transitive v. To fill, cover, or secure with putty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling putty.
  • n. A form of cement, made from linseed oil and whiting, used to fix panes of glass.
  • n. Any of a range of similar substances.
  • v. to fix something using putty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of thick paste or cement compounded of whiting, or soft carbonate of lime, and linseed oil, when applied beaten or kneaded to the consistence of dough, -- used in fastening glass in sashes, stopping crevices, and for similar purposes.
  • n. A ball made of composition and not gutta percha.
  • n. A kind of gaiter of waterproof cloth wrapped around the leg, used by soldiers, etc.
  • transitive v. To cement, or stop, with putty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cement with putty; fill up with putty.
  • n. A kind of paste or cement compounded of whiting, or soft carbonate of lime, and linseed-oil, mixed to the consistence of dough.
  • n. A powder of oxid of tin, used in polishing glass and steel: sometimes called jewelers' putty.
  • n. A very fine cement, used by plasterers and stone-masons, made of lime only. See the quotation.
  • n. A mixture of ground materials in which in potteries earthenware is dipped for glazing.
  • n. A mixture of clay and horse-dung used in making molds in foundries.
  • n. A composition golf-ball, no longer in use.
  • n. Same as puttee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dough-like mixture of whiting and boiled linseed oil; used especially to patch woodwork or secure panes of glass
  • v. apply putty in order to fix or fill


French potée, polishing powder, from Old French, a potful, from pot, pot, from Vulgar Latin *pottus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French potée. (Wiktionary)


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