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a. A small pool of water, especially rainwater.
b. A small pool of a liquid.
2. A tempered paste of wet clay and sand that serves as waterproofing when dry.
v. pud·dled, pud·dling, pud·dles
1. To make muddy.
2. To work (clay or sand) into a thick watertight paste.
3. To process (impure metal) by puddling.
To splash or dabble in or as if in a pool of liquid.
[Middle English podel, diminutive of Old English pudd, ditch.]
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