puddle

noun
pud·​dle | \ ˈpə-dᵊl How to pronounce puddle (audio) \

Definition of puddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a very small pool of usually dirty or muddy water
2a : an earthy mixture (as of clay, sand, and gravel) worked while wet into a compact mass that becomes impervious to water when dry
b : a thin mixture of soil and water for puddling plants

puddle

verb
puddled; puddling\ ˈpəd-​liŋ How to pronounce puddling (audio) , ˈpə-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of puddle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to dabble or wade around in a puddle

transitive verb

1 : to make muddy or turbid : muddle
2a : to work (a wet mixture of earth or concrete) into a dense impervious mass
b : to subject (iron) to the process of puddling
3a : to strew with puddles
b : to compact (soil) especially by working when too wet
c : to dip the roots of (a plant) in a thin mud before transplanting

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Other Words from puddle

Verb

puddler \ ˈpəd-​lər How to pronounce puddler (audio) , ˈpə-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Synonyms for puddle

Synonyms: Noun

billabong [Australian], mere [chiefly British], pool, stank [British dialect], well

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Examples of puddle in a Sentence

Noun

She accidentally stepped in a puddle and got her shoes wet. After the storm, the road was covered in deep puddles.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Government employees worked to drain puddles of standing water with wet vacs. chicagotribune.com, "Rains strand Washington drivers, flood White House basement," 8 July 2019 Government employees worked to drain puddles of standing water with wet vacs. Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "Rains strand Washington drivers, flood White House basement," 8 July 2019 When the snow melts in spring, toddlers entertain themselves by splashing around in giant mud puddles. USA Today, "Alaska is considered the deadliest state for women. A staggering 59% of women there have experienced violence.," 25 June 2019 The best way to describe it would be … standing in a huge puddle of concrete — that basically dries instantly. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "14-Year-Old Girl Gets Stuck in Chimney After Locking Herself Out of Family's California Home," 7 June 2019 The doctors there worked without electricity and anesthesia and amid puddles of congealing blood. Janine Di Giovanni, The New York Review of Books, "Sierra Leone, 2000: A Case History in Successful Interventionism," 7 June 2019 The film opens with what could have been the most catastrophic moment: the storm that blew in on Sunday, drenching the 450,000 festival-goers and reducing the fields to puddles of mud. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Woodstock’ recalls the love and the mud," 6 June 2019 One step in a dirty puddle or fumble of your morning cold brew and all of a sudden, your new kicks don’t look so great. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean White Vans so They Look Brand New," 17 May 2019 Fresh ice freezes the neighboring water, creating a nice orderly progression across the puddle called a freeze front. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "The science behind those viral videos of freezing soap bubbles," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Souvenirs from his time include a fortune worth of silk window treatments — draped, swagged, fringed, puddled or ballooned — that reach past 20 feet tall in the living room. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2.35M Bloomfield Hills home comes with 2 kitchens and a tree house," 29 June 2019 Three different kinds of cheese, freshly snipped basil, and sweet tomato sauce puddled with olive oil. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Cast-iron-roasted chicken took a familiar comfort to a new level, the bird’s tawny skin drizzled with rich jus that puddled into potato gnocchi flecked with Cabot cheddar. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Craig LaBan's first bite of the Delaware beaches | A dining guide," 15 June 2018 Scientists calculate that up to 250 million beaver ponds once puddled the continent—impounding enough water to submerge Washington, Oregon, and California. Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018 Believe it or not, the company drew more clients on that infamous October night in 2008 when the Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays kept playing Game 5 of the World Series despite heavy rain and puddling on the infield. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Phillies to play at 12:05 today, if rain stops | Extra Innings," 16 May 2018 Rainwater was puddling deeply on the playing surface as the Kiwis did their dance. Alan Dymock, CNN, "From Fiji to fancy dress, how rugby fell in love with the Hong Kong Sevens," 6 Apr. 2018 The steel balconies seemed to sway with the movement of bodies; beer puddled on the floor near the stage where fans were packed tight. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Foo Fighters Christen D.C.'s Newest Venue With Anthemic Hits," 13 Oct. 2017 The cratered outfield grass that puddled at the lightest spring rains has been uprooted. Aaron Randle, kansascity, "Cutting-edge baseball academy about to open at 18th & Vine, but who will come play?," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of puddle

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for puddle

Noun

Middle English podel; akin to Low German pudel puddle, Old English pudd ditch

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puddle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of puddle

: a small amount of water, mud, etc., on the ground

puddle

noun
pud·​dle | \ ˈpə-dᵊl How to pronounce puddle (audio) \

Kids Definition of puddle

: a very small pool of liquid

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