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A ladle
 
A ladle (metallurgy).

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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), [1][2] equivalent to lade +‎ -le (agent suffix).

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ladle (plural ladles)

  1. A deep-bowled spoon with a long, usually curved, handle.
    • (Can we date this quote by Boyle and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
  2. (metallurgy) A container used in a foundry to transport and pour out molten metal.
  3. The float of a mill wheel; a ladle board.
  4. An instrument for drawing the charge of a cannon.
  5. A ring, with a handle or handles fitted to it, for carrying shot.

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ladle (third-person singular simple present ladles, present participle ladling, simple past and past participle ladled)

  1. (transitive) To pour or serve something with a ladle.
    One man ladled molten steel into the shot sleeve.

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