- 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 ladling
“That part of this ordeal has been remarkable,” Hamoodi says, ladling a Libyan version of minestrone for a guest.Iraq War Sanctions Run Amok: Shakir Hamoodi’s Story
June 18, 2012
The SEC, to its credit, sensed only bull, and by 2006 it had evidence of Madoff ladling it out under oath.America's Top Liars
April 19, 2011
He was ladling the pobs into the child's mouth, and scooping the overflow from her chin.The Manxman
There was Mrs. Blair at the other end, ladling out the potatoes.The Haunted Room
A. L. O. E.
The vat was full of water, and numbers of men were employed in ladling it out and sprinkling it on the clouds.
Kirby had been behind him, but now the Texan was back to the fire, ladling more hot water out of the pot.Ride Proud, Rebel!
Andre Alice Norton
Time and again did she dash herself upon the floor, and roll over and over, ladling out with her feet in all directions.A Ride With A Mad Horse In A Freight-Car
W. H. H. Murray
- 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 ladling
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