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puddling

[puhd-ling] /ˈpʌd lɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that puddles.
2.
Metallurgy. the act or process of melting pig iron in a reverberatory furnace (puddling furnace) and converting it into wrought iron.
3.
the act or method of making puddle.
4.
puddle (def 3).
Origin of puddling
1750-1760
First recorded in 1750-60; puddle + -ing1
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  • He saw how phosphorus was removed in the puddling-furnace, and he now tried to do the same thing in his converter.

    Stories of Invention Edward E. Hale
British Dictionary definitions for puddling-furnace

puddling

/ˈpʌdlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a process for converting pig iron into wrought iron by heating it with ferric oxide in a furnace to oxidize the carbon
2.
(building trades) the process of making a puddle
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