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  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).
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Origin of puddling

First recorded in 1750–60; puddle + -ing1


  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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Related Words for puddling

loiter, mess, dabble, fidget, fool, interfere, niggle, poke, doodle, puddle, tinker, fiddle, fritter, potter, repair, play, toy, monkey, putter, fix

Examples from the Web for puddling

Historical Examples of puddling

  • Punchings and drillings are also treated by the process known as puddling.

    Life in a Railway Factory

    Alfred Williams

  • I couldn't think of puddling around in a little bit of water.

    Brother Billy

    Frances Maragret Fox

  • The buffaloes are puddling up the soil before the seed is planted.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • Puddling had been invented, but not successfully used before.

    Inventions in the Century

    William Henry Doolittle

  • You been puddling aqua vitae, dang my buttons an you bean't.

British Dictionary definitions for puddling


  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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  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
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  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
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Derived Formspuddler, nounpuddly, adjective

Word Origin for puddle

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



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.

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"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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