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.
  • 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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  • However, by "puddling" I managed to make a small dam which would at night collect enough water to admit of a limited amount of panning or cradling by day.

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  • The owner of an iron mill, having taken a dose of my text before leaving home in the morning, will go into his foundry, and, passing into what is called the puddling-room, he will see a man there stripped to the waist, and besweated and exhausted with the labor and the toil, and he will say to him: "Why, it seems to be very hot in here.

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  • He is blessed by cold, the only solid being in a landscape of puddling humanity.

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  • With a gulp, I swallowed the drool puddling in my mouth.

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  • I sprang to my feet, quilt puddling around my ankles.

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  • I tighten each line so the bait is just puddling on the surface and making a surface disturbance.

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  • The door burst in on a wet draft of air, rain puddling on the threshold, the familiar city smells of coal fires and damp stone overlaid with a brimstone burn rising off the man towering before him.

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  • But the cracks had, if anything, closed a little and the puddling clay clung to the tyres, then shot up in little gobbets of mud as if the wheels were threshing the earth.

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  •     The milky way's tide pool spilled a kelp forest of living stars onto the overreaching sidewalks of dingy Harrison Avenue like a  warm puddling friend.

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  • I was going to say pat.

    March 15, 2013

  • A group of butterflies is called a rabble, and also a swarm, or lek.

    March 15, 2013

  • What's the word for a group of butterflies? (The visuals on this page are great, btw.)

    March 15, 2013

  • A collective noun. A puddling of ducks.

    March 15, 2013

  • When a butterfly lands on the ground and sips water from a puddle, it is called puddling. In hot summer weather groups of butterflies can be seen clustered on the ground and it is thought that this is because there is moisture near the surface in that area. This is also referred to as puddling.

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