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puddling

[puhd-ling] /ˈpʌd lɪŋ/
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
1750-1760
1750-60; puddle + -ing1

puddle

[puhd-l] /ˈpʌd 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
Related forms
puddler, noun
puddly, adjective
unpuddled, adjective
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Examples from the web for puddling
  • Loam soils absorb water at an even pace without heavy puddling or runoff.
  • 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.
  • Yards should slope away from the house to prevent puddling near the foundation or under pier and beam houses.
  • When washing the roof, pay attention to drainage and make sure there is no puddling.
  • puddling may be more a function of nutrient uptake than water requirements.
  • Tack is required to be applied uniformly without streaking or puddling.
  • Care shall be taken when applying such that running or puddling does not occur.
  • If you forgo the drainage holes, be sure to monitor moisture levels and prevent puddling.
  • puddling occurs when ground-based equipment is operated during wet weather.
British Dictionary definitions for puddling

puddling

/ˈpʌdlɪŋ/
noun
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

puddle

/ˈpʌdəl/
noun
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
verb
5.
(transitive) to make (clay, etc) into puddle
6.
(transitive) to subject (iron) to puddling
7.
(intransitive) to dabble or wade in puddles, mud, or shallow water
8.
(intransitive) to mess about
Derived Forms
puddler, noun
puddly, adjective
Word Origin
C14 podel, diminutive of Old English pudd ditch, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for puddling

puddle

n.

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.

v.

"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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