Definition of ladle in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈleɪd(ə)l


  • 1A large long-handled spoon with a cup-shaped bowl, used for serving soup or sauce: she dipped the ladle into the casserole dish
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    • The noodles are presented in large stone bowls, and the soup spoons are wooden ladles.
    • Place the cheese in a bowl with 2 ladles of hot soup, stir to melt then return to the pan.
    • Kitchen utensils include pots, bowls, cooking ladles, and spoons made of coconut shells.
  • 1.1A container for transporting molten metal in a foundry.
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    • Now, lift the ladle from the mold, and allow a small puddle to form on top of the sprue plate before returning the ladle to the molten lead.
    • Give it a few minutes to come to full temperature, and then, after fluxing the metal, the first ladle full of lead is lifted to the pre-heated mold.
    • Molten metal is sometimes transferred directly in insulated ladles from the smelter to the customer's plant, occasionally over distances up to several hundred miles.


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  • 1Serve (soup, stew, or sauce) with a ladle: she ladled out onion soup
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    • To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls, top with some smokies, drizzle with oil.
    • To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and add the mussels.
    • The method of distribution required people to line up in front of the public Famine Pot, saucepans and pans in hand, waiting for the soup to be ladled out.
  • 1.1Provide (information, advice, etc.) lavishly or overgenerously: he was ladling out his personal philosophy of life
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    • Year after year he had watched MI6 officers professionally eager to inflate their resourcefulness ladling out off-the-books money to informants with every incentive to inflate their discoveries.
    • In the past we have ladled out the money but have no hard evidence that services to the public have improved proportionately.



noun (plural ladlefuls)
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  • Add the vermouth, garlic and cayenne, boil the liquid away and start adding ladlefuls of the seaweed and saffron-flavoured vegetable stock, stirring vigorously all the while to aid absorption and prevent sticking.
  • Once the chickpeas are tender, remove the herb sprigs (don't worry if the leaves have fallen off), and put four ladlefuls of the soup into a blender with two ladlefuls of very hot water.
  • Keeping the stock bubbling gently away in a pan beside the risotto pan, add one ladle at a time - adding only when the ladleful is absorbed - and stirring well.


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  • The pea-soup condition was met by wheeled ‘mud-carts’ each attended by two ladlers clothed as for Icelandic seas in thigh boots, oilskins collared to the chin, and sou'westers sealing in the back of the neck.
  • The apostles did not see their primary task as soup ladlers.


Old English hlædel, from hladan (see lade).

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