from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To make muddy.
  • transitive v. To work (clay or sand) into a thick watertight paste.
  • transitive v. To process (impure metal) by puddling.
  • intransitive v. To splash or dabble in or as if in a pool of liquid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small pool of water, usually on a path or road.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To make a dirty stir.
  • transitive v. To make foul or muddy; to pollute with dirt; to mix dirt with (water).
  • transitive v.
  • transitive v. To make dense or close, as clay or loam, by working when wet, so as to render impervious to water.
  • transitive v. To make impervious to liquids by means of puddle; to apply puddle to.
  • transitive 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To dip (the roots of young trees) in puddle or thin mud.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English podel, diminutive of Old English pudd 'ditch', from Proto-Germanic *puddo (compare Low German Pudel 'puddle'). (Wiktionary)



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