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puddle

[puhd-l]
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noun
  1. a small pool of water, as of rainwater on the ground.
  2. a small pool of any liquid.
  3. clay or the like mixed with water and tempered, used as a waterproof lining for the walls of canals, ditches, etc.
verb (used with object), pud·dled, pud·dling.
  1. to mark or scatter with puddles.
  2. to wet with dirty water, mud, etc.
  3. to make (water) muddy or dirty.
  4. to muddle or confuse.
  5. to make (clay or the like) into puddle.
  6. to cover with pasty clay or puddle.
  7. Metallurgy. to subject (molten iron) to the process of puddling.
  8. to destroy the granular structure of (soil) by agricultural operations on it when it is too wet.
  9. Horticulture. to dip the roots of (a tree, shrub, etc.) into a thin mixture of loam and water to retard drying out during transplanting.
verb (used without object), pud·dled, pud·dling.
  1. to wade in a puddle: The children were puddling.
  2. to be or become puddled: The backyard was puddling.

Origin of puddle

1300–50; (noun) Middle English puddel, podel, pothel, apparently diminutive of Old English pudd ditch, furrow (akin to Low German pudel puddle); (v.) late Middle English pothelen, derivative of the noun
Related formspud·dler, nounpud·dly, adjectiveun·pud·dled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for puddle

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  • You're in the middle of a puddle now, but when you get over dreaming I'd like to mop it up.

  • He had been lying in a puddle, and, like little Fay, he preferred "a dly place."

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • His grey hair was straggling into the puddle around his head.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • The "pond" was a puddle, perhaps twenty feet across, left by the outgoing tide.

    Shavings

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • As for the Princess, she was as happy as a duck in a puddle.


British Dictionary definitions for puddle

puddle

noun
  1. a small pool of water, esp of rain
  2. a small pool of any liquid
  3. a worked mixture of wet clay and sand that is impervious to water and is used to line a pond or canal
  4. rowing the patch of eddying water left by the blade of an oar after completion of a stroke
verb
  1. (tr) to make (clay, etc) into puddle
  2. (tr) to subject (iron) to puddling
  3. (intr) to dabble or wade in puddles, mud, or shallow water
  4. (intr) to mess about
Derived Formspuddler, nounpuddly, adjective

Word Origin

C14 podel, diminutive of Old English pudd ditch, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for puddle

n.

early 14c., "small pool of dirty water," frequentative or diminutive of Old English pudd "ditch," related to German pudeln "to splash in water" (cf. poodle). Originally used of pools and ponds as well.

v.

"to dabble in water, poke in mud," mid-15c., from puddle (n.); extended sense in iron manufacture is "turn and stir (molten iron) in a furnace." Related: Puddled; puddling.

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