a long-handled utensil with a cup-shaped bowl for dipping or conveying liquids.
Metallurgy. a bucketlike, refractory-lined container for transferring molten metal.
verb (used with object), ladled, ladling.
to dip or convey with or as if with a ladle: to ladle soup into bowls.

before 1000; Middle English ladel, Old English hlædel. See lade, -le

ladler, noun
unladled, adjective Unabridged
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ladle (ˈleɪdəl)
1.  a long-handled spoon having a deep bowl for serving or transferring liquids: a soup ladle
2.  a large bucket-shaped container for transferring molten metal
3.  (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 & History

"large, long-handled spoon for deawing liquids," O.E. hlædel, from hladan "to load" (see lade) + -le, suffix expressing "appliance, tool" (cf. shovel). The verb is first recorded 1520s. Related: Ladled.
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Example sentences
Use a ladle or the stirring paddle to scoop hot water into the pouch to remove
  the residual extract.
Ladle in half of the remaining soup and add the rest of the toast squares,
  drizzling them with the remaining olive oil.
Have partygoers ladle soup into mugs or small bowls, and offer condiments so
  they can tailor each soup to their liking.
Ladle into small bowls, sprinkle with cilantro and serve.
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