- 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 ladle
Take a long, deep whiff of that aroma and ladle it over your warm fettuccine.How to Cook 'Ghetto Gourmet'
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2009
The highlight of my trip was getting to know the iconic woman whom Time once dubbed “Our Lady of the Ladle.”She Taught Me to Cook—and Called Me a Klutz
August 6, 2009
Drop the dumplings into it with a ladle, and let them boil an hour.
Squeeze and press it hard with the ladle, to get out all that remains of the milk.
The ladle, in the same shape as the cups, is also marked by Warner.Presentation Pieces in the Museum of History and Technology
Margaret Brown Klapthor
When everything is ready, fill the ladle and pour the lead into one of the grooves.
Have the ladle with which you dip up the melted lead quite dry.
- 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 ladle
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