• A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle fragments, spout, colander fragments, and pot hooks
    A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle fragments, spout, colander fragments, and pot hooks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ladle remove with or as if with a ladle "ladle the water out of the bowl"
    • v ladle put (a liquid) into a container by means of a ladle "ladle soup into the bowl"
    • n ladle a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; frequently used to transfer liquids from one container to another
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Earthenware milk pan, brass ladle, funnel fragment, and other items found which relate to dairying and cheesemaking Earthenware milk pan, brass ladle, funnel fragment, and other items found which relate to dairying and cheesemaking

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ladle A cuplike spoon, often of large size, with a long handle, used in lading or dipping. "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 ."
    • Ladle (Gun) A ring, with a handle or handles fitted to it, for carrying shot.
    • Ladle (Founding) A vessel to carry liquid metal from the furnace to the mold.
    • Ladle (Gun) An instrument for drawing the charge of a cannon.
    • Ladle The float of a mill wheel; -- called also ladle board.
    • v. t Ladle To take up and convey in a ladle; to dip with, or as with, a ladle; as, to ladle out soup; to ladle oatmeal into a kettle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ladle A long-handled dish-shaped utensil for dipping or conveying liquids. Ladles for domestic uses are made in many forms and of a variety of materials. One form of foundry-ladle of iron, technically called a shank, for conveying molten metal from the furnace to the mold, has opposite handles for two men, one of them furnished with a cross-bar at the end for tilting the ladle to pour out the metal. For very large work such foundry-ladles are moved by a crane.
    • n ladle A similarly shaped instrument for drawing a charge from a cannon.
    • n ladle The float-board of a mill-wheel; a ladle-board.
    • n ladle In glass manufacturing, same as cuvette, 2.
    • ladle To lift or dip with a ladle; lade.
    • n ladle A burghal duty charged on grain, meal, and flour brought to market for sale; the proceeds obtained from that duty: from the dish or vessel used to measure the grain or meal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ladle lād′l a large spoon for lifting out liquid from a vessel: the float-board of a mill-wheel: an instrument for drawing the charge from a cannon
    • v.t Ladle to lift with a ladle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hlædel, fr. hladan, to load, drain. See Lade (v. t.)


In literature:

When she realized this, Zella was no longer afraid but continued to ladle out the honey until she had secured all that was in the tree.
"Rinkitink in Oz" by L. Frank Baum
Those who toil unceasingly for preferment, and toil in vain, are said to have been born with a wooden ladle.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Like the wife that ne'er cries for the ladle till the pat rins o'er.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Juliet dropped her ladle and pulled open the oven door.
"The Indifference of Juliet" by Grace S. Richmond
A long array of furnaces extends up the street; over each is a stew-pan, and behind each a cook armed with an enormous ladle.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
The ladle with which they distribute their food is also of cocoanut shell.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
Suddenly the alarm bell sounded loudly, and in rushed the Bear-mother, with the jam-ladle in her hand, her hair almost erect with terror.
"Soap-Bubble Stories" by Fanny Barry
All their drugs would have had no more effect than a ladleful of pea-soup.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844" by Various
I can ladle out money the year round through a bank wicket and not be shy a cent at the end of the year.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
She was very tired of ladling it in each little mouth.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Oh, where's my teeth, and my silver soup-ladle?
"The Wit of Women" by Kate Sanborn
Lorenzo turned a spigot and let some of the red wine flow into the ladle.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Take care to be properly provided with sieves and tammy cloths, spoons and ladles.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
Little John dived his hand into a sack, and brought out a silver ladle, which he had stolen from a shop that day.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Lor', wouldn't I preach, wouldn't I just ladle it out, and wouldn't the dears adore me?
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
Spoons, ladles, and tea strainer.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Into each of these she puts a ladle full of soup and passes it along.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Such were the two beings who now came rushing upon me; the man was rather in advance, brandishing a ladle in his hand.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
A party carrying such a ladle may be seen in the engraving in the back-ground on the left.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
They ladled out steaming cupfuls of the black liquid to the men.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons

In poetry:

Last night
when the ship entered the harbor
Gioconda's foot kissed the land.
Shanghai the soup, she the ladle,
she searched high and low for her SI-YA-U.
"Gioconda And Si-Ya-U" by Nazim Hikmet
The innocent infant lying in the cradle,
Shot itself dead with a silver ladle;
And the maid-servant, not knowing what she did,
Strangled herself with the saucepan lid.
"A Norrible Tale" by Anonymous British

In news:

Siemens VAI Metals Technologies will supply a 300-metric-ton twin-ladle furnace to ArcelorMittal Bremen GmbH.
Reality TV, food and Las Vegas go hand-in-whisk-and- ladle .
Organizers of Limestone Ladle know the need is there.
Silver Ladle Doles Out a Family Legacy.
Tim Lambrinides opened Silver Ladle on Sixth Street back in March.
Paul Ryan and the Soup Kitchen: A Ladle into the Lies.
Divide the peaches and nectarines among 4 soup dishes and ladle the fruit soup on top.
We've almost weathered the '80s revival without anybody rear-ending the morons stalled at the intersection listening to Spandau Ballet, but it's official: The ladle is scraping barrel when it comes to that decade's nostalgia.
Smelting plant's hydraulic ladle can't pour the liquid gold.
He'll do a demonstration at the Covington Farmers Market on April 4, and ladle out tastes.
Their T-shirt features Nike's signature swoosh transformed into a ladle.
Tlingit Oil Bowl & Ladle.
Reality TV, food and Las Vegas go hand-in- whisk -and-ladle.
You can use one to puree cooked ingredients right in the pot so you don't have to ladle them into a countertop blender in batches.
Ladle the gumbo into the bowls and serve with rice.