- a long-handled utensil with a cup-shaped bowl for dipping or conveying liquids.
- Metallurgy. a bucketlike, refractory-lined container for transferring molten metal.
- to dip or convey with or as if with a ladle: to ladle soup into bowls.
Origin of ladle
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Examples from the Web for ladled
And, always, race will be ladled on top, like, well, chocolate syrup.Why Obama’s Haters Are Worse Than Bush’s
December 14, 2013
The now creamy polenta was ladled onto the plates, and this most fragrant of deep brown chicken stews spooned on top.Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil
November 29, 2013
You should have heard him when he ladled out the talk to me.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit
Burt L. Standish
From a deep crock she ladled a smaller scoop and filled the glass to the top.Gigolo
After the oil was thus extracted, it was ladled into casks, which were stowed below.The Voyage of the "Steadfast"
"Mildest thing you ever drank," said John, and he ladled her out a cup.Chimney-Pot Papers
Charles S. Brooks
If we would leave it to them, they said, they would see that justice was ladled out.At Good Old Siwash
- a long-handled spoon having a deep bowl for serving or transferring liquidsa soup ladle
- a large bucket-shaped container for transferring molten metal
- (tr) to lift or serve out with or as if with a ladle
Old English hlædel, from hladan to draw out
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Word Origin and History for ladled
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