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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun puddle:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb puddle:


The word puddle is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun puddle

What does puddle mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: puddles

  1. a mixture of wet clay and sand that can be used to line a pond and that is impervious to water when dry
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic term: covering material = a material used by builders to cover surfaces
  2. a small body of standing water (rainwater) or other liquid
    • example: there were puddles of muddy water in the road after the rain
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of puddle: pool
    • more generic terms: body of water / water = the part of the earth's surface covered with water
    • more specific terms:
      • billabong = a stagnant pool of water in the bed of a stream that flows intermittently
      • mud puddle = a puddle of mud
  3. something resembling a pool of liquid
    • example: his chair sat in a puddle of books and magazines
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of puddle: pool
    • more generic terms: place / spot / topographic point = a point located with respect to surface features of some region

Alternative definition of the noun puddle


  1. A small pool of water, usually on a path or road.
  2. [context: now dialectal] Stagnant or polluted water.
  3. A homogeneous mixture of clay, water, and sometimes grit, used to line a canal or pond to make it watertight.

Specialised definition of the noun puddle

Glossary of sports / bowling

a gutter ball

Glossary of sports / rowing

the whirlpool effect of the water after the oar comes out of the water at the end of a stroke (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the water movement caused by the action of the oars. The size and shape of the puddle are indications of the amount of power put into the stroke

Definition of the verb puddle

What does puddle mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: puddled | puddling | puddles

  1. wade or dabble in a puddle
    • examples: The ducks and geese puddled in the backyard | Sam and Sue puddle
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: wade = walk
  2. subject to puddling or form by puddling
    • example: puddle iron
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: forge / form / mold / mould / shape / work = make something, usually for a specific function
  3. dip into mud before planting
    • example: puddle young plants
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: plant / set = put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
  4. work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: bundle / compact / pack / wad = compress into a wad
  5. mess around, as in a liquid or paste
  6. make into a puddle
    • example: puddled mire
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of puddle: muddle
    • more generic words: rile / roil = make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
  7. make a puddle by splashing water
  8. mix up or confuse
  9. eliminate urine

Alternative definition of the verb puddle


  1. To form a puddle.
  2. To play or splash in a puddle.
  3. To process iron by means of puddling.
  4. To line a canal with puddle (clay).
  5. To collect ideas, especially abstract concepts, into rough subtopics or categories, as in study, research or conversation.


"Puddle" is a puzzle-platform video game developed by Neko Entertainment and published by Konami for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PlayStation Vita. The game was also self-published by Neko Entertainment for Wii U, and for the PC through Steam,, and Desura.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • publisher: Konami
  • released on


"Puddle" is a book by David M. McPhail.


"Puddle" is a woodcut print by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, first printed in February 1952.

  • completed in (63 years ago)


Puddle: A puddle is a small accumulation of liquid, usually water, on a surface. It can form either by pooling in a depression on the surface, or by surface tension upon a flat surface. Puddles are usually formed from rain water or from irrigation.

Phrases with Puddle

  1. Puddle jumper
  2. mud puddle

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Puddle

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Google previewStudio Anywhere (2015)

A Photographer's Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations by Nick Fancher

This time, a large puddle is the setting for this portrait. The shoot took place right after the sun ...

Google previewManalive (2013)

by G. K. Chesterton

A puddle repeats infinity, and is full of light; nevertheless, if analyzed objectively, a puddle is a piece of dirty water spread very thin on mud. The two great historic universities of England have all this large and level and reflective brilliance.

Google previewLandscapes for Learning (1997)

Creating Outdoor Environments for Children and Youth by Sharon Stine

The adult-avoided mud puddle is a place to experiment with splashing. The adult's vista of a lush green hillside is for a child a place to roll down, feel the wet soft grass, smell its green smell, experience the free fall of tumbling round and round.

Google previewStop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance (2012)

by Barry J C Purves

Seeing a car splashing through a puddle is a real visualisation ofthe speed. A car going down a straight dry road with no grass to be ruffled, no newspapers to fly up, no puddles to splash, and no means to gauge its speed, is less than dynamic ...

Google previewMining and Scientific Press (1908)

Puddle is a mixture of gravel and clay which is wet and rammed ...

Google previewThe Giant Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities (2000)

For Children 3 to 6 : More Than 500 Art & Craft Activities Written by Teachers for Teachers by Kathy Charner

Materials Blanket Paintbrushes Paper Mud puddle What to do 1. After a rainfall, when the weather has turned fair, bring a few blankets, paper, and paintbrushes outside and find a mud puddle. 2. Invite the children to find a spot on a blanket ...

Google previewA Dictionary Murat' Hee & English, Compiled for the Government of Bombay by --- Assisted by Thomas and George Candy (1831)

by James-T ..... Molesworth

SqāUT sm A puddle : 'ggå sn A small dubber or leathern bottle, (for oil, g,hee &c.) 2 A puddle, or a little pool. also a little pool. Sofi sm (c 5 5 P) Ausmall tamborine. SWITUT sm. One who recites the praises of the Deity, playing upon the sqī or ...

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Puddle in Baby Sign Language, ASL

Your baby can easily learn from you to sign Puddle. Learn how to teach your baby to sign Puddle {on the go} with ASL {without flashcards}. Post a video of your ...

Quotes about Puddle

You are so afraid of losing your moral sense that you are not willing to take it through anything more dangerous than a mud puddle. (Gertrude Stein)
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Scrabble value of P3U1D2D2L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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