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.
verb (used with object), puddled, puddling.
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.
verb (used without object), puddled, puddling.
to wade in a puddle: The children were puddling.
to be or become puddled: The backyard was puddling.

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)
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
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]

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Word Origin & History

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
The torn shoes which she had on her stockingless feet were as wet as if they
  had been standing in a puddle all night.
On the other hand, you're likely to tread on ripe figs when they drop onto the
  ground and melt into a puddle of sticky syrup.
One place they get it from is mud, so give them a permanent puddle.
Toby walked around, giving the couple a wide berth as if they were a puddle.
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