From Middle English ladel, from Old English hlædel, derived from Proto-Germanic *hlaþaną (“to load”), from Proto-Indo-European *kleh₂- (“to put, lay out”), same source as Lithuanian kloti (“to spread”),  equivalent to lade + -le (“agent suffix”).
ladle (plural ladles)
- A deep-bowled spoon with a long, usually curved, handle.
- 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.
- (metallurgy) A container used in a foundry to transport and pour out molten metal.
- The float of a mill wheel; a ladle board.
- An instrument for drawing the charge of a cannon.
- A ring, with a handle or handles fitted to it, for carrying shot.
- (deep-bowled spoon): dipper