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puddle

Rowing the patch of eddying water left by the blade of an oar after completion of a stroke

puddle

[pəd·əl]
(engineering)
To apply water in order to settle loose dirt.
(metallurgy)
A batch of molten iron within the puddling furnace.

puddle

To compact loose soil by first soaking it and then permitting it to dry.

puddle, clay puddle, puddling

Clay to which a little water has been added and which then has been tempered, to make it homogeneous and to increase its plasticity; used to prevent the passage of water.
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But she really had stepped into the puddle at the door, and her left foot was wet up to the ankle and her overshoe full of water.
That was the breadth of a puddle on the garden walk which he had evidently walked across.
And there's pomatum, too, you see, she must have things; petticoats, starched ones, shoes, too, real jaunty ones to show off her foot when she has to step over a puddle.
It rained and little puddles of water shone under the street lamps on Main Street.
I tramped through the puddles and under the showery trees, mourning for Marguerite Gauthier as if she had died only yesterday, sighing with the spirit of 1840, which had sighed so much, and which had reached me only that night, across long years and several languages, through the person of an infirm old actress.
Trimming beef off the bones by the hundred-weight, while standing up from early morning till late at night, with heavy boots on and the floor always damp and full of puddles, liable to be thrown out of work indefinitely because of a slackening in the trade, liable again to be kept overtime in rush seasons, and be worked till she trembled in every nerve and lost her grip on her slimy knife, and gave herself a poisoned wound--that was the new life that unfolded itself before Marija.
Our first emotion was deep, unutterable gratitude, our next was a foolish rage, born of the suspicion that possibly the hotel had been visible three-quarters of an hour while we sat there in those cold puddles quarreling.
The ground is trampled some, but if there was any blood it's all washed away by the storm, for it's all puddles and slush in there.
A steam rose from the horse as it splashed up the puddles.
In Meryton they parted; the two youngest repaired to the lodgings of one of the officers' wives, and Elizabeth continued her walk alone, crossing field after field at a quick pace, jumping over stiles and springing over puddles with impatient activity, and finding herself at last within view of the house, with weary ankles, dirty stockings, and a face glowing with the warmth of exercise.
Fortunately it began to rain in the night, to their infinite relief; the water soon collected in puddles and afforded them delicious draughts.
We run railways by our large cities in America; in Syria they curve the roads so as to make them run by the meagre little puddles they call "fountains," and which are not found oftener on a journey than every four hours.