Definition of Ladle

1. Noun. A spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; frequently used to transfer liquids from one container to another.

Specialized synonyms: Dipper, Scoop, Soup Ladle
Terms within: Grip, Handgrip, Handle, Hold
Generic synonyms: Vessel

2. Verb. Put (a liquid) into a container by means of a ladle. "The women ladle water into the bowl"; "Ladle soup into the bowl"
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set

3. Verb. Remove with or as if with a ladle. "Ladle the water out of the bowl"
Exact synonyms: Lade, Laden
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw
Specialized synonyms: Slop

Definition of Ladle

1. n. A cuplike spoon, often of large size, with a long handle, used in lading or dipping.

2. v. t. To take up and convey in a ladle; to dip with, or as with, a ladle; as, to ladle out soup; to ladle oatmeal into a kettle.

Definition of Ladle

1. Noun. A deep-bowled spoon with a long, usually curved, handle. ¹

2. Noun. A container used in a foundry to transport and pour out molten metal ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to serve something with a ladle ¹

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Definition of Ladle

1. to lift out with a ladle (a type of spoon) [v -DLED, -DLING, -DLES]

Medical Definition of Ladle

1. 1. A cuplike spoon, often of large size, with a long handle, used in lading or dipping. "When the materials of glass have been kept long in fusion, the mixture casts up the superfluous salt, which the workmen take off with ladles." (Boyle) 2. A vessel to carry liquid metal from the furnace to the mold. 3. The float of a mill wheel; called also ladle board. 4. An instrument for drawing the charge of a cannon. A ring, with a handle or handles fitted to it, for carrying shot. Ladle wood, the wood of a South African tree (Cassine Colpoon), used for carving. Origin: AS.hlaedel, fr. Hladan to load, drain. See Lade. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ladle

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ladies who lunch
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ladles and jellyspoons

Literary usage of Ladle

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1. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1894)
"Besides the actual waste given above, there was, down to 1880, a loss of 2 or more per cent., due to the formation of ladle-skulls; but this trouble was ..."

2. Journal by Iron and Steel Institute (1903)
"Illustrations are given J: of a slag ladle mounted on a truck, and designed ... The ladle is mounted on trunnions set fore and aft, carried by two bogies, ..."

3. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1891)
"Another workman (3) is "pouring" the mold c, with metal from a hand-ladle ; while a boy (4) skims the metal and prevents slag and other floating impurities ..."

4. Appletons' Cyclopædia of Applied Mechanics: A Dictionary of Mechanical by Appleton, firm, publishers, New York (1880)
"The ladle must be slightly tilted on one side, to allow the damp air and smoke to escape. The nature of the fire thus applied somewhat depends upon the ..."

5. American Edition of the British Encyclopedia: Or, Dictionary of Arts and William Nicholson by William Nicholson (1819)
"The first are either made with a ladle or the hand. To make wax candles with the ladle : the wicks heing prepared, a dozen of them are tied by the neck, ..."

6. The American Coast Pilot: Containing the Courses and Distances Between the by Edmund March Blunt (1822)
"This isle has a remarkable appearance, being formed exactly like a ladle, and has a large black rock to the SW a little distance from the island. ..."

7. Report on Conditions of Employment in the Iron and Steel Industry in the by United States Bureau of Labor, Charles Patrick Neill (1913)
"The ladle with its load of metal may be lifted by an overhead crane and ... The ladle is brought on a car to a point opposite the furnace which it is ..."

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