putty

1 [puht-ee]
noun, plural putties.
1.
a compound of whiting and linseed oil, of a doughlike consistency when fresh, used to secure windowpanes, patch woodwork defects, etc.
2.
any of various other compounds used for similar purposes.
3.
any of various substances for sealing the joints of tubes or pipes, composed of linseed oil with red lead, white lead, iron oxide, etc.
4.
a creamy mixture of lime and water, partially dried and mixed with sand and plaster of Paris to make a finish plaster coat.
6.
any person or thing easily molded, influenced, etc.: We were putty in his hands.
7.
light brownish- or yellowish-gray.
verb (used with object), puttied, puttying.
8.
to secure, cover, etc., with putty.
Idioms
9.
up to putty, Australian Slang. worthless or useless.

Origin:
1625–35; < French potée, literally, (something) potted. See pot1, -ee

unputtied, adjective
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putty

2 [puht-ee]
noun, plural putties.
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puttee or putty (ˈpʌtɪ)
 
n , pl -tees, -ties
(usually plural) a strip of cloth worn wound around the legs from the ankle to the knee, esp as part of a military uniform in World War I
 
[C19: from Hindi pattī, from Sanskrit pattikā, from patta cloth]
 
putty or putty
 
n
 
[C19: from Hindi pattī, from Sanskrit pattikā, from patta cloth]

putty (ˈpʌtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a stiff paste made of whiting and linseed oil that is used to fix glass panes into frames and to fill cracks or holes in woodwork, etc
2.  any substance with a similar consistency, function, or appearance
3.  a mixture of lime and water with sand or plaster of Paris used on plaster as a finishing coat
4.  (as modifier): a putty knife
5.  See putty powder
6.  a person who is easily influenced or persuaded: he's putty in her hands
7.  a.  a colour varying from a greyish-yellow to a greyish-brown or brownish-grey
 b.  (as adjective): putty-coloured
8.  informal (Austral) up to putty worthless or useless
 
vb , -ties, -ties, -tying, -tied
9.  (tr) to fix, fill, or coat with putty
 
[C17: from French potée a potful]

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putty
1633, from Fr. potée "polishing powder" (12c.), originally "pot-full, contents of a pot," from O.Fr. pot "container" (see pot (1)). Meaning "soft mixture for sealing window panes" first recorded 1706. Fig. use in ref. to one easily influenced is from 1924.
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putty

cementing material made of whiting (finely powdered calcium carbonate) and boiled linseed oil. It is beaten or kneaded to the consistency of dough and is used to secure sheets of glass in sashes, to stop crevices in woodwork, and to fill nail holes. Whiting putty of a high grade consists of 85 to 90 percent whiting blended with 10 to 15 percent boiled linseed oil. White-lead whiting putty has an admixture of 10 percent white lead, reducing the amount of whiting proportionately. Prepared putty should roll freely in the hands without exuding oil. Synthetic glazing and filling compounds have supplanted putty in many applications

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Example sentences
The outer core heats the mantle's bottom rocks into buoyant putty, which rises
  toward the crust, as if in a lava lamp.
Stick to the top of the big pumpkin with a small ball of clay polymer or poster
  putty.
With a putty knife, take a little of the prepared mix and press it down into
  seams covered with tape.
They then become putty in the hands of their would-be helpers.
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