a small pool of water, as of rainwater on the ground.
a small pool of any liquid.
clay or the like mixed with water and tempered, used as a waterproof lining for the walls of canals, ditches, etc.
to mark or scatter with puddles.
to wet with dirty water, mud, etc.
to make (water) muddy or dirty.
to muddle or confuse.
to make (clay or the like) into puddle.
to cover with pasty clay or puddle.
Metallurgy. to subject (molten iron) to the process of puddling.
to destroy the granular structure of (soil) by agricultural operations on it when it is too wet.
Horticulture. to dip the roots of (a tree, shrub, etc.) into a thin mixture of loam and water to retard drying out during transplanting.
to wade in a puddle: The children were puddling.
to be or become puddled: The backyard was puddling.
- puddler, noun
- puddly, adjective
- un·pud·dled, adjective
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How to use puddle in a sentence
Able to withstand water pressures of up to 100 meters, it makes rain, snorkeling, or just aggressive puddle splashes no problem.
Like the challenge faced by Pleurotus mycelium paused at the edge of a puddle of toxic waste, radical mycological solutions are less about inventing than remembering.The Fungal Evangelist Who Would Save the Bees - Issue 90: Something Green | Merlin Sheldrake | September 23, 2020 | Nautilus
Early on in his research for the company, Rogers—a materials scientist—wanted to understand why if you left a strawberry on the counter it would turn into a puddle, while a lemon would remain unchanged.Exclusive: Startup Apeel is launching ‘plastic-free’ cucumbers at Walmart to cut back on waste | Beth Kowitt | September 21, 2020 | Fortune
If the water isn’t cold enough, though, you just get a lonely ice cube in a puddle of water.
When I poured out the bottles chilled in clean ice, I just got a puddle of water around my ice cube.
May they all stand in a puddle and stick their tongues in a Prius charge port.
Then the lights went down on Bieber and his puddle of clothes.
And when he walks in, the place is dark, but he notices a puddle on the floor.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town | E. Jean Carroll | April 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
puddle-jumping Cessnas are the only way in, and Land Rovers are the only way to get around.
For some of New Yorkers, though, the dating pool can be a puddle—thanks to the “culture of honor.”
Another man was sprawled on the gray broadloom of the reception room, a brownish puddle beneath his side.
He stepped over a puddle and stood beside Bud, peering down at the silent engine.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
Then all the boys bent over the puddle, and scooped up great handfuls of water, and threw them over each other.Seven O'Clock Stories | Robert Gordon Anderson
Mr. Wright, my Adjutant, saw one strike in a puddle between him and myself as we marched at the head of the Regiment.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie | George Brenton Laurie
On the perfect day I have been talking about she hunted up a sunlit puddle and indulged in the first wallow of the season.The Red Cow and Her Friends | Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for puddle
a small pool of water, esp of rain
a small pool of any liquid
a worked mixture of wet clay and sand that is impervious to water and is used to line a pond or canal
rowing the patch of eddying water left by the blade of an oar after completion of a stroke
(tr) to make (clay, etc) into puddle
(tr) to subject (iron) to puddling
(intr) to dabble or wade in puddles, mud, or shallow water
(intr) to mess about
- puddler, noun
- puddly, adjective
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