puddling

[puhd-ling]
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:
1750–60; puddle + -ing1

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puddle

[puhd-l]
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), puddled, puddling.
4.
to mark or scatter with puddles.
5.
to wet with dirty water, mud, etc.
6.
to make (water) muddy or dirty.
7.
to muddle or confuse.
8.
to make (clay or the like) into puddle.
9.
to cover with pasty clay or puddle.
10.
Metallurgy. to subject (molten iron) to the process of puddling.
11.
to destroy the granular structure of (soil) by agricultural operations on it when it is too wet.
12.
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), puddled, puddling.
13.
to wade in a puddle: The children were puddling.
14.
to be or become puddled: The backyard was puddling.

Origin:
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

puddler, noun
puddly, adjective
unpuddled, adjective
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puddle (ˈpʌdəl)
 
n
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
 
vb
5.  (tr) to make (clay, etc) into puddle
6.  (tr) to subject (iron) to puddling
7.  (intr) to dabble or wade in puddles, mud, or shallow water
8.  (intr) to mess about
 
[C14 podel, diminutive of Old English pudd ditch, of obscure origin]
 
'puddler
 
n
 
'puddly
 
adj

puddling (ˈpʌdlɪŋ)
 
n
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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puddle
early 14c., frequentative or diminutive of O.E. pudd "ditch," related to Ger. pudeln "to splash in water" (cf. poodle). Originally used of pools and ponds as well. The verb "to dabble in water, poke in mud" (mid-15c.) led to sense in iron manufacture of "to turn and stir (molten iron) in a furnace."
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Example sentences
Loam soils absorb water at an even pace without heavy puddling or runoff.
When washing the roof, pay attention to drainage and make sure there is no puddling.
The system, buried two feet deep near where the puddling occurs, does not leak.
The annular space outside of the casing is sealed with cement grout or puddling
  clay.
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