Definition of putty in English:
1A soft, malleable, grayish-yellow paste, made from whiting and raw linseed oil, that hardens after a few hours and is used chiefly for sealing glass panes in wooden window frames.
- You can fill in nail holes with wood putty before sanding if you are not planning to stain the wood.
- When dry, fill the nail holes with a non-oily wood filler for natural finishes, or putty if the wood is to be painted.
- Spackle is a soft, white, premixed material that's about the consistency of soft putty.
1.1 [usually with modifier] Any of a number of malleable substances similar to putty used inside and outside buildings, e.g., plumber’s putty, or used for modeling or casting.
- Apply a bead of plumber's putty (not caulk) on the underside of the flange on the drain to seal it with the sink.
- The mortar mix used for the vintage building consisted of a Portland cement-slacked lime putty created by mixing cement and lime.
- The basket strainer should be packed with plumber's putty and pushed firmly down into place.
verb (putties, puttying, puttied)[with object] Back to top
Seal or cover (something) with putty.
- Fastener locations are often easy to find, even if the nail heads have been puttied over.
- These ships leave a small gap between the old jamb and the new strip, which can be puttied and painted to match.
- The masonry surface may need to be prepared by sandblasting, application of a primer, and puttying.
mid 17th century: from French potée, literally 'potful', from pot 'pot'.
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