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putty,

commonly a mixture of whiting (calcium carbonate) and boiled linseed oil. Other substances may be combined with the oil to make putties suitable for some specific purpose. For example, the red and white oxides of lead mixed with linseed oil form a putty used in sealing pipe joints. Putty hardens gradually when put in place, as along the edges of window panes to fasten them, in cracks in plaster walls, and in crevices in wood and other substances. The linseed oil absorbs oxygen from the air and, holding fast the calcium carbonate or metallic oxides, causes the mixture to harden. A powder composed of a mixture of lead and tin oxides, known as putty powder, is extensively used in polishing. Putty is generally being replaced in many applications by caulking materials of butyl and silicone rubbers. The higher cost of these materials is offset by their greater durability.

putty

[′pəd·ē]
(materials)
A cement of dough consistency made of whiting and boiled linseed oil and used in fastening glass in sashes and sealing crevices in woodwork.

putty

1. A heavy paste composed of pigment, such as whiting, mixed with linseed oil; used to fill holes and cracks in wood prior to painting to secure and seal panes of glass in window frames; also called painter’s putty.
2. In plastering, a fine cement consisting of lump lime slaked with water; lime putty. Now, other compounds, pre-mixed or in powdered form to be combined with water, are widely used.

putty

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. (as modifier): a putty knife
3. 
a. a colour varying from a greyish-yellow to a greyish-brown or brownish-grey
b. (as adjective): putty-coloured
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Learning to roll a neat puttee was an art and anything leather had to reflect like a mirror.
We have learnt to go for four or even six days without washing, without taking off cumbrous and fairly heavy equipment, without taking off boots or puttees and without sleeping except for three or four hours a night which a couple of hours on sentry and six or seven hours on the defences leave you.
Turrall dragged the officer into a shell hole, bandaging his leg with one of his puttees, and used part of his entrenching tool as a splint.
This event was followed some weeks later with the arrival of strange-looking soldiers in dun-colored uniforms with puttees wrapped around the legs from ankle to knee.
Take Off YourAuld Boots and Puttees Sky base is a place, where I hear we all dwell.
Knickerbockers or bloomers with puttees or gaiters and sweater will be found to be serviceable and safe.
His personal diary, now held at the RAF Museum in London, records a visit to a crash site and he describes the sight of "dead men's legs sticking through the sides with puttees and boots still on - bits of bones and skulls with the hair peeling off " as "nauseating".
Puttees were strips of cloth or bandages wrapped around the lower leg.
The puttees are captured and reissued Italian IV11909 grigio-verde leg wraps.
To the right of this figure another resurrected soldier unravels himself from his puttees like Lazarus removing the strips of cloth that bound him in death.
Ten days of battle had left all ranks haggard, unshaven and unwashed: their uniforms had been soaked in the mud of the Langemarck trenches and torn by the brambles of Polygon Wood: many had lost their puttees or their caps.
By now, it went without saying that John would design the jacket, and Paddy was delighted with the result: a fair-haired young man in puttees with a rucksack, gazing down on a frozen landscape bathed in sunlight.