puddle

Definitions

General English

Construction

  • To settle loose soil by flooding and turning it over.
  • To vibrate and/or work concrete to eliminate honeycomb.
  • clay which has been worked with some water to make it homogeneous and increase its plasticity so it can be used to seal against the passage of water.

Origin & History of “puddle”

Old English pudd, a word of unknown origin but related to German dialect pfudel ‘puddle’, denoted ‘ditch, furrow’, and puddle was a diminutive formed from it. In middle English, it was often used for quite large bodies of water, what we would now call a pond or pool, but by the 17th century it had largely narrowed down to its present-day meaning.
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